By the Tide
This is a new sailing organisation founded on Saturday 15th May
2000 during an evening in Gosport after a rather depressing day yacht
racing in a JOG race with an IRC 0.83 rated boat. Copious amounts of
beer were involved. its foundation.
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you ever had this happen
Dinghy Sailing Section
Have you ever had
this happen ?
If so, then you are eligible to join. Just put the engine on,
back to the bar and mention you were 'Stuffed by the Tide'. Simple.
For safety reasons, races shall only be sailed when it is
obvious there is no wind or the forecast is 'Cyclonic Force 2 or less'
- The use of standard handicapping buckets is permitted to
the results of the boat. Apart from extremely short boats, no hull is
permitted to reach displacement speed. The handicapping process is
as follows For every 100 square feet of standard sail area above 300
square feet, one standard weighted 10 litre bucket shall be towed.
An alternative of one standard fisherman's net or lobster pot may
be towed. This is equvalent to 5 buckets.
- If at any time the wind speed increases to the point where
members are seen on the windward side of the yacht for any extended
period of time, the yacht concerned shall be disqualified, and retire
immediately. They may exonerate themselves completely by buying drinks
- Engines running in gear and in reverse may be used provided
thrust produced is sufficient to stop the hull completely in a wind
strength that would result in a forward speed of 2 knots. In this case
an inverted triangle shall be displayed in the foretriangle as required.
- Coming to a total stop while tangled with fishing nets is
permitted. Any boat so fouled will be given series points equivalent to
winning. This will be conditional on being given assistance by a vessel
substantially longer than 20 metres.
- Planing hull monohulls may tow waterskiers on reaches to
that they are slowed down.
This is a single instance of how to be very clever and still
stuffed by the tide. In a race with a 10-5-1-gun sequence and tide
taking the fleet over the line , go to somewhere near the favoured line
end and motor against the tide checking shore transits to determine
when the boat is stationary over the ground.
Divide the speed in knots by 12 (distance travelled in 5 minutes) and
go that far up tide of the start line so that when the 5 minute gun
goes the engine can be stopped and the boat begins to drift. The stupid
bit is to
assume that the tide goes in a straight line from where you are to the
In the case of the Admiralty buoy sometimes used as an ODM at Cowes,
there seems to be an offshore set to
flood tide. So as the start gun goes, watch the ODM go past
one boat length away on the wrong side. At this
point , turn
to use the back eddy at Cowes and start 40 minutes later.
This is a noted place to stop at Hurst Castle. When about 2 boat
lengths from the shore at low water, go aground. This is helped by
having no idea that the echo sounder is reading depth of water not
depth under the keel
(or as we have it on Forethought indicating depth below transducer , in
memory of a defunct Seafarer).
Get retrospectively scared by remembering the antics involving the
Shingles with only 10cm under the keel not 1.6m !
I simply present Primadonna just before Round The
2000. Even though they put white duct tape over their name on the
transom WE KNOW WHO YOU WERE !. They still made it to the start...
In order to determine when to retire on a race in the Solent,
out your copy of Solent Tides by Peter Bruce (or somebody else's if you
dont want to spoil your own copy) and colour in the 2 knot plus tide
arrows with a black marker pen. If your upwind course crosses one of
these arrows coming against you, retire. You will save lots of wasted
Power and Sail Boat Section
Seen in Poole Harbour near the entrance near Low Water Springs
Outside Dolphin Yacht Haven : Somebody picked the wrong buoy
the 'just pick up one of the yellow buoys to wait for a berth
the Marina'. The right ones are way out by the main channel.
Totally bouncy and rolly.
While the focus has so far been on boats that stay afloat, here are
some snippets sent in by a contributor to the SBTYC:
The first is a set of plotted GPS tracklogs taken from a Lark
foot round chine dinghy) sailing in too much wind with not enough crew
In the words of the helm :
Firstly, a set of four laps recorded on my Garmin eTrex whilst racing off
Netley SC in a Lark (Hull no 986, i.e. 1972 vintage) in a F5 to 6 in summer
2002. Oldest sail is a 1973 Spinnaker which is only 4 years younger than the
skipper. Lap one at 10 minutes was to be our best.
Lap 2 at 12.5 minutes was not so good, our first capsize predictably at the
gybe mark. Lap 3 was going well until the crew fell out due to a combination
of not holding on well enough and a large wave. Tacking round in the F5-6
with no crew in a Lark took about 2 minutes and another to pick him up. 14
mins for that lap. The last lap went brilliantly until about 40 seconds from
the finish line where we death rolled to windward, then had to sail away
from the line and back to drain out the boat losing about 8 minutes (only
the gunwhales were out of the water - she did a slow piruette over the stern
when we tried to head for the line). Last lap was 18 minutes.
And earlier this year, what seems to be an attempt to impale a Laser 1
on a piece of wood but is actually :
Next picture is of the 4 foot gash left by a Dart18 on the first race of the 2004 season in my Laser. Both of us were on Starboard in a F5, the overtaking boat definitely didn't keep clear.
£800 to fix and 6 weeks of no boat.
Safety procedures for
the use of sailing boats
Basically the rule is always keep everything tied to the boat including
the marina. In this way there can be no accidents at sea. This is
true for windy days.
The best approach is to use a thin line (about 6mm diameter) which is
attached from somewhere near the bows of the boat hanging down in a
loop into the
water and then attached to somewhere which is not a cleat on the
At all times make sure the crew cannot see the rope and do not realise
it is there. They will then still be able to enjoy preparing the boat
sea and going as far as casting off and leaping aboard. The boat will
move astern and come gently alongside the neighbouring boat. Use the
to pull the boat back into the berth. Tie up. Go to the bar and discuss.
Please make sure that you have placed some fenders appropriately for
It has been pointed out that twice as much fun can be had if you use a rope that is twice as long.
In fact the crew uncleated the line and we went out for an
reach up and down Southampton Water in a F4-F5 with double reefed main
and 100% genoa.
This requires a good violent gybe. Crew on the starboard side of the
boat are unweighted as the boat is gybed onto starboard tack,
slide across the coachroof , under the guard wires and drag their feet
in the sea on the port hand side of the boat.
As we were leaving Bembridge harbour, I decided to clean the weed off
warps off by trailing them one at a time, while we were motoring. This
pretty well but:
At one point I noticed the boat behind crossing our course quite close
I quickly pulled the warp back in before I caught the
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