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Old 30-08-2007, 01:31 PM   #1
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Unbelievable!

Someone has finally seen sense, and we finally have what could be the most spectacular "Offshore" race ever!

Whilst I'm sure some on here wouldn't even class OCR as offshore, they offer budget racing and it's very competitive, but the course for one of the heats in the Salcombe race is going to be entirely in the Estuary itself!

There will be a standing start from the Ferry inn, and the race will be up to Wolf Rock and back to the Yacht Club start line with the finish being after 20 minutes. I'm not sure how many of the Yacht Club "Yachties" know about this yet, but it's been approved by everybody now so it's happening!

We are still hoping to run the basic race on Sunday, but we need a few more entries - at the moment it's me with Steve Reddish? and Rob Perry with Derek Basham? And one or two of the regular OCR lot joining in for a laugh - it'll be a bigger course than the regular OCR ones and if anyone wants a copy of the google photos and the Race Instructions - let me have your email address!

8th and 9th of September - be there!
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Is this for a BASIC or OCR only?
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Old 30-08-2007, 05:19 PM   #3
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the Salcombe race is going to be entirely in the Estuary itself!
At the start of August we ran 4 OCRDA heats within Dovers outer harbour, so similar to the estuary I suppose, almost garanteed racing
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Is this for a BASIC or OCR only?
The Estuary heat is just for the first OCR Race on Sunday !!

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Well done OCR for getting such a brilliant course in the harbour.

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would the Circuit be ok for ski racing? We need venues the public can see us fairly close up . . .
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would the Circuit be ok for ski racing? We need venues the public can see us fairly close up . . .
I reckon the course would be a bit short really - come down on Sunday and have a look!

Tricky - bring the V24 down for the basic on Sunday afternoon - outside the harbour! I'm racing with the RIB with an EFI on the back ..........
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would love to Cookee, but ski racing is off to sunny Cardiff for that weekend.
Will call you after your event to see how the land lays with locals/authorties and racers.
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Tricky - bring the V24 down for the basic on Sunday afternoon - outside the harbour! I'm racing with the RIB with an EFI on the back ..........
Sorry - Sunday had to be spent in London....
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Sorry - Sunday had to be spent in London....
"Had" to be? Don't worry it's this weekend!
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cookee we are coming for the basic
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Fantastic! Let me know how many boats and how much room you'll need for your monster! (Motorhome!)
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would the Circuit be ok for ski racing? We need venues the public can see us fairly close up . . .
Took a look at the racing in Slacombe today and must say it was well put togther and great to see then in the estuary, what made it even better was that I could sit in a beer garden (ferry inn) and pretty much watch you all go by! As for ski racing venues with good public viewing it could work but maybe a bit tight, BUT why dont you get back down Saltash? If you could do it in conjunction with the regetta which carries pretty good sponsors in the likes of DML, Waitrose etc etc, viewing areas are great and good facilities right one the waters edge. If I can helop in any way just ask.
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Having raced as a navigator in a Phantom 18 for all of the OCR races in Salcombe, I don't think there would be enough room for a ski race really - the turns were very tight with small straights!

We managed to hang on for a win in the basic despite them leaving the chicane as it was for the OCR race (I'm sure they were going to change it!) Lost the lead to Rob Perry and Derek Basham who were racing Rob's Phantom 19 with a yam 225 on for a few laps and got it back - we were doing 83 on the back straight! It was a great race and a real challenge to muscle that big boat round an extended OCR course - I'd do it again tomorrow!
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congratulations! Have you had any negative feedback from anyone yet? What about running a turn boy in the estuary at one end, not sure whats at other?
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congratulations! Have you had any negative feedback from anyone yet? What about running a turn boy in the estuary at one end, not sure whats at other?
It's a bit early for feedback yet - the local paper comes out on Friday, so we'll see what sort of letters get printed! No complaints on the day that I know of - the Estuary race was 20 minutes plus a few minutes clearing the course before the start, so that most amount of time anyone had to wait (the Estuary was closed to traffic for the race) would have been 30 minutes or so.

The Harbour Master came over with a big smile on his face after the race, so it looks like he won't be one of the people we have to convince to let us do it again next year. Hopefully we'll be able to squeeze a bit more in next year, but I don't think skiing on that course is a realistic possibility, but then again maybe someone should come down and take a look before they start to plan next years race - you never know!
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Surely couldn't be as tight as Viersel or Geel?
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will see how the land lays next week, speak to Cookee, pop down and have a look as this may be a very good opportunity for ski racing
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Surely couldn't be as tight as Viersel or Geel?

How long between buoys at those venues - I'll have to look it up, but it just didn't seem a long enough course and the one turn is a 180.

I'm off to the boat show on Thursday until a week Monday, but I can pass on someones details if that helps?
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Take it from me this is Not a suitable Ski Race Venue !! much too short !! listen to Dan & get back to Saltash !! or come to Plymouth with our "All Class Venue"

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