Dinghies Racing Race Reports

Virtual Regatta Keeps Dell Quay Racing

With dinghy racing as we know it on hold, competitive sailors at Dell Quay Sailing club have switched codes and taken up eSailing in order to get their racing fix. eSailing takes a bit of getting used to but once acclimatised it becomes apparent that it shares much with the real thing. DQSC’s chosen platform, Virtual Regatta Inshore, cleverly replicates wind shifts, wind shadows, wave action and lee-bow amongst a host of other realistic features. Virtual Regatta also enforces the yacht racing rules, though sometimes with questionable decisions which, if anything, encourages more gentlemanly behaviour.

DQSC hosted two events in April, with 17 competitors in total, racing over two series, each of 9 races. The age of helms in the fleet has ranged from 10 to 70 and experience from 50+ years to complete beginner.

April Series 1

The first three races of series 1 were raced in the 2-sail star which makes for tactical upwind racing and close downwind legs where wind-shadows become key. Races 4-6 were sailed in 49ers, bringing in a whole new skillset with downwind angles and laylines making the difference. The final three races were run in the J70, combining elements from both the Star and the 49er. The first series was won by Will Parrett, with Mark Garder in second and Steve Holcroft third, just ahead of Mike Dicker. Jon Rutter, new to sailing this season, clocked an impressive 5th despite crashing out of 2 races due to slow bandwidth!

Overall Results after 9 races and 3 discards.

1st Will Parrett (6 pts)

2nd Mark Gardner (11 pts)

3rd Steve Holcroft (18 pts)

First Junior - Ethan Sparkes

First over 60 – Mark Harper (or DQSC Nobby as he is now known)

April Series 2

Series 1 was a great start for eSailing at DQSC and Series 2 was even better attended, with many having clearly practiced between series. Following the same Star, 49er, J70 format, Racing was close with 9 different sailors featuring in the top 3 over the series. We also saw some impressive individual efforts, not least from Tim Boon who left the rest of the fleet for dead in race 6 to win by 8 seconds. The series was won overall by Will Parrett, with Mark Gardner in second and Shaun Pollard in 3rd. Shaun just pipped Steve Holcroft who came in 4th, followed by Tim Boon and Jon Rutter in 5th and 6th.

Overall Results after 9 races and 3 discards.

1st Will Parrett (9 pts)

2nd Mark Gardner (13 pts)

3rd Shaun Pollard (18 pts)

First Junior - Ethan Sparkes

First over 60 – Andrew Horne

eSailing has had a really positive start for DQSC and we will be hosting more events over the coming weeks. Keep an eye on club news and the DQSC and DQSC Juniors facebook pages for news.

Will Parrett

DQSC Virtual Regatta Race 3 Start 29th April 2020

Series 2 Race 3 Start

DQSC eSailing Race 5 Downwind Mark Rounding

Series 2 Race 5 Downwind Mark Rounding

 DQSC eSailing Race 8 Gybe Mark Rounding

Series 2 Race 8 Gybe Mark Rounding

DQSC eSailing Race 9 Start

Series 2 Race 9 Start

DQSC eSailing Race 9 Upwind Mark Rounding

Series 2 Race 9 Upwind Mark Rounding

DQSC eSailing Race 9 Second Beat

Series 2 Race 9 Second Beat

DQSC eSailing Race 9 Downwind Mark Rounding

Series 2 Race 9 Downwind Mark Rounding