Topic : Starcross ST and Training

The Starcross Silver Tiller is on Sunday 21st May, which coincides with one of the best tides of the year.  As proved popular at our last Silver Tiller event, we are planning to sail courses to suit the river rather than triangles.  Starcross is an easy venue to launch and race at, so is ideal for a first event if you have never tried a Silver Tiller meeting before.

There is no racing on the Saturday this time, but we are running a Merlin training event which all MROA members are welcome to attend. However, numbers are limited, so please let me know if you would like to join the training. There is also a club social on the Saturday night which you are welcome to attend.

Please give me a call if you need accommodation - there is space at my house or I can help with B&B / camping.

Dave Lee
(01626) 333865

Posted: 05/05/2006 20:33:33
By: Dave Lee
We have about 7-8 boats so far for the training. Dan we hope will be taking it.
Sat evening entertainment might be a bit of a larff as well. It's the Starcross X Factor... An open mike evening. We might even book Ben Jennings as the "professional" act!!!
Silver Tiller on the sunday.

Go on you know it makes sense!!!

Posted: 08/05/2006 23:02:16
By: Blackie
About 10 boats now signed up for the training on Saturday - last call for anyone thinking about coming?

Excellent conditions down at Starcross yesterday, nice sea breeze kicked in fairly early in the morning and we had the biggest club Merlin fleet turn out for ages - all looking keen and ready for the Silver Tiller!

Posted: 15/05/2006 13:46:59
By: Dave Lee
Oops - an omission from the Silver Tiller guide, start times are always useful!

Saturday 20th Training event, start 10am. Galley is open for lunch and post training. Evening entertainment at the club.

Sunday Silver Tiller, three races with first start 11:30. Depending on conditions, the probable format is one short race, lunch, then two back to back. Competitors briefing is at 10:30. Cooked breakfast is available first thing on Sunday, plus food all day.

Posted: 15/05/2006 22:15:21
By: Dave Lee
OK, so the forecast isn't great, but bear in mind Starcross is often quite sheltered and sailable when many venues are blown out.  The wind is fairly strong down here in Plymouth right now, but taking a look at the Starcross webcam (Friday 13:10), it seems pretty quiet on the Exe - not a white horse in sight!

Posted: 19/05/2006 13:12:21
By: Dave Lee
19 knots from the south on Sunday, wish I could come, it sounds perfect.

Posted: 19/05/2006 14:27:52
By: Alan F
Just depends which forecast you prefer.  19 knots Southerly would be excellent, nice steady direction and plenty of scope for decent length beats.

Posted: 19/05/2006 17:14:07
By: Dave Lee
Many thanks to all those who supported the event.  Unfortunately the Met office were right this time, gusts up to 30 knots and heavy rain.  A handful of boats did race, Dan Alsop and Mike Calvert giving some superb demonstrations of heavy air technique - awesome!  Report on the web site shortly.

Posted: 21/05/2006 21:54:17
By: Dave Lee
Piccies by Mike Rice of Fotoboat here - funny, it doesn't seem so windy!

Posted: 21/05/2006 21:58:56
By: Dave Lee
Except most of the pictures are of boats on the run or reaches and only one picture shows a spinnaker up. A clue maybe?

Posted: 22/05/2006 12:38:03
By: Alan F
Unfortunately due to lack of time Mike Rice, the photographer,  stayed on shore and took the pictures. The fast spinnaker reach was unfortunately going away from the shore so I guess that explains it.

Posted: 22/05/2006 15:23:36
By: Blackie


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