LIFE'S A LARK FOR INTREPID PENZANCE SAILORS:
Last weekend 10 intrepid Penzance sailors ventured north to Southport to take part in the annual West Lancashire 24-hour race.
Taking a Lark dinghy the team of ten arrived in the early hours of Saturday morning. The race began at midday. Ryan Crawford and Laura Lilly took the first shift racing for three around the lake. Despite their premature start which cost them a quarter lap penalty they managed to gain a 17th position out of 67 entries.
Next up Kian Andrews and Eli Ebel raced for a few hours, followed by Mike and Imy Williams then Mark Chadwick and Staci Ebel and finally Matt Geyman and Becki Pastor.
The second shift for each team saw huge improvement in performances while other teams seemingly struggled with the night time conditions. Matt and Becki picked up the team's fastest lap time with a score of 14 minutes.
As they raced through the night various special races were held which were awarded for fastest lap times. Tunes pumped out from the marquee and teams cheered on their sailors well into the early hours of Sunday.
As the sun rose on Sunday morning the Penzance team had managed to hold onto a top half result, regularly changing places between 25th and 30th thanks to excellent early morning shifts by Kian and Eli, as well as Mike and Imy.
Laura Lilly and Becki Pastor took to the water for the ladies' race and finished eighth out of 19.
The final changeover saw Ryan Crawford take the helm for he third time and the double act managed to gain the team two places, bringing the team's final position to 25th out of 67.
The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all and they enjoyed seeing their performances improve as the race went on.
MOUNTS BAY SC:
Friday September 6: In a F3 northerly breeze RO Peter Jelliss set a course for the very last evening sail of the year for
two Mirrors, two Lasers and two Ospreys.
As the Ospreys set out Barrie Reynolds and Matt Skewes (the Farmers) were looking forward to a light wind race but as soon as they left the beach a fresh Force 3 gusting 4 spread itself across the race course. Steve George and Mike Greig waited for them on the start line hoping to make more of race. Steve politely sailed under the Mirrors but Barrie saw this as an advantage and sailed over them giving a load of dirty air to Steve on the reach to the gybe mark. The Farmers were first to the gybe mark and set off on the broad reach to the leeward mark. Steve sat on their wind as much as possible but could see a situation arising with the RS200 on the same leg.
Steve cleverly drew Barrie up to the transom of the RS who suddenly gybed and called starboard on Barrie which saw him taken away from the lay line. Steve rounded the leeward mark first and held this advantage up the beat to round the windward mark in the lead. The wind then increased enabling the Bear Jew to stretch his legs to maximum and pull away on the tight reach. After some frantic boat handling Steve increased the advantage and made no mistakes in coming first over the line with Barrie second.
In the Mirror fleet it was a contest between junior sailors – Stan and Lisa and Amy and Chloe George with Stan and Lisa winning in the end.
Saturday September 7: In a westerly Force 3 RO Pippa Baker set an upwind/downwind course for two races from the pierhead.
A mass start combined with low tide and a short distance from the pinhead to the pierhead made for an interesting start.
Nick Stoten jumped the gun in his Laser and upon returning to restart caused chaos in the Mirror fleet and subsequently did a 720 penalty turn. Graham kept a healthy lead and went on to take the honours. In the second race Nick gave a master-class in how-not-to-start - completely missing the starting sequence but caught up with Graham Cousins on the final lap. A controversial last mark rounding saw Graham retain this lead and go on to win. Duncan put in a strong performance in both races.
In the five-boat Mirror fleet after the initial confusion at the start Stan and Lisa again showed their worth winning the first race while Nick Medlicot sailing single-handed came in behind them second and Rob with Jess Jago third. In the second race Nick gained the advantage to come in first with Stan and Lisa second and Rob and Jess third.
Sunday September 8: In spite of the rain there was a good turn out of boats and Tony Oliver set a favoured Olympic course in a westerly Force 2.
As the race began the weather cleared and in the Mirror fleet Lily and Abbie Medlicott did well to lead in the first half of the race but in the end it was Stan and Lisa who passed the finish line first, followed by Tony and Oscar.
In the five-boat Laser fleet Eden Backhouse got the best of starts in her 4.7 at the pin end. In the big rigs Nick Stoten was first to the windward mark followed by Graham Cousins and some way back Paul Broomfield and Duncan Bruce followed by Eden. As the race progressed so did Paul who worked his way past Graham on the third lap and then Nick on the final beat. Paul went on to take the honours followed by Graham. Eden sailed well in her smaller rig 4.7
Results: Tuesday: Mirrors: 1, Stan Prichard/Lisa Prichard; 2, Tony Clee/Oscar Simmons; 3, Wendy Nancholas/Evie Luckhurst. Lasers: 1, Nick Stoten; 2, Paul Broomfield; 3, Kian Andrews.
Friday: Mirrors: 1, Stan Prichard/Lisa Prichard; 2, Amy George/Chloe George. Lasers: 1, Nick Stoten; 2, Duncan Bruce. Ospreys: 1, Steve George/Mike Greig; 2, Barrie Reynolds/Matthew Skewes.
Saturday: Race 1 – Mirrors: 1, Stan Prichard/Lisa Prichard; 2, Nick Medlicott (S/H); 3, Rob Bodé/Jess Jago. Lasers: 1, Graham Cousins; 2, Nick Stoten 3, Duncan Bruce. Race 2 – Mirrors: 1, Nick Medlicott (S/H); 2, Stan Prichard/Lisa Prichard; 3, Rob Bodé/Jess Jago. Lasers: Graham Cousins; 2, Nick Stoten 3, Duncan Bruce.
Sunday: Mirrors: 1, Stan Prichard/Lisa Prichard; 2, Lily Medlicott/Abbie Medlicott; 3, Tony Clee/Oscar Simmons. Lasers: 1, Paul Broomfield; 2, Graham Cousins; 3, Nick Stoten.
Short Mat Bowls
The new season gets under way on Sunday with the County Squad Trials taking place at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club near St Austell with play starting at 9am.
Under new team manager Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity), some 51 bowlers from 17 clubs will be seeking the 40 places available in the County teams for the first match away to Devon, on Sunday September 22 at ISCA Indoor Bowling Club in Exeter.
The full programme of matches for Cornwall in the group stages of the ESMBA Inter County Championship for this season is:
Sunday September 22 v Devon @ ISCA Bowling Centre, Exeter. Sunday October 6 v Somerset @ Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club, Little Polgooth; Sunday October 20 v Dorset @ Dorset Bowls Resort, Bere Regis; Sunday November 10 v Dorset @ Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club, Littel Polgooth; Saturday November 30 v Somerset @ Taunton Deane Indoor Bowling Club, Taunton; Sunday December 8 v Devon @ Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club, Little Polgooth.
All County Competition draws have been made and details are now available on the CCSMBA website.
The Summer League draws to a close this week with the final set of fixtures.
London Cornish head coach Tom Sincock is hopeful for a bright season, as 'The Exiles' prepare for the new London Two South-West campaign, writes Ben Gilby.
Sincock spent his playing career at Redruth, Clifton, and Civil Service.
He also represented Cornwall at colts, U21 and senior level, so is well experienced to develop the present playing squad.
He said: "Our main strength is our ability to attract very talented players albeit without the incentive of money. South West London is very competitive with many National League teams a stone's throw away spending vast sums of money."
Indeed, it is, and this group of talented players were pushed to their limits at times last season as Cornish were hit by a raft of injuries, some rather freakish in nature.
"It was very tough. Due to injuries and absentees we used 66 players in the first team alone, which did not help continuity. Along side this we had massive issues with training facility availability.
"As we only trained once a week last season, when our training facility is unavailable or bad weather stops training missing one session puts you a fortnight behind your competitors.
"In the end, our attitude was if we can get through this we can get through anything and these problems in the end really brought the team and club together which was a massive positive."
The outcome of the run of losses around the turn of the year left the club facing the danger of relegation. It all came down to the final two matches of the campaign – away at Old Alleynians and home to Guildford.
"To guarantee safety, two victories with bonus points for scoring four tries were needed – and that was exactly what Cornish achieved.
Sincock pointed to the importance of these games for the club's immediate future: "The last two results of the season were defining for us as a team. We played the game plan and patterns we had been working on all season and executed them superbly. It was an eye opener for many on just how well we could play with the right attitude and application."
London Cornish are keen to build on their superb ending to the previous campaign and brought the positivity over into the pre-season preparations.
"Recruitment has gone well," Sincock explains, "but more importantly we have retained a very talented and loyal core of players who I see as the individuals who will move this club forward. Pre-season has seen a huge emphasis on fitness and improving basic skill levels.
We have moved from training once a week to twice and the lads are reaping the benefits. We've added Marc Sweeney (ex Redruth, Launceston, Henley and Rosslyn Park) as our assistant head coach and backs specialist.
He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from many years in the National Leagues. Ed Taylor has also come in to work with the forwards.
Tom believes there are clear favourites for promotion this season: "I think the team to beat this season will be Guildford. London Two South-West is a strong league and a lot of the teams are very evenly matched.
In terms of ourselves, my hope for this season is to push for a top 4 finish. Long term I'd like to see the club competing in London One.
I think like any other coach, committee member, player or supporter I'd like to see the club financially self sustaining."
Truro City Youth Football Club hosted their pre-season tournament at Penair School, when in glorious sunshine more than 20 teams from U7s to U12s, from Penzance to Padstow to Plymouth took part.
With the exception of U7s and U8s, who are not permitted by the Football Association to play in a competitive format, these age groups played in either the Fisherman's League or the Miners League with semis and finals taking place.
Medals were awarded to all U7s and U8s in recognition of their participation and the runners up in the other age groups.
Trophies were awarded to the winners of the U9s, 10s and U12s.
Winners and runners-up: U9s: winners:-Charlestown; runners-up: Truro Titans. U10s: Marine Academy Kings; runners-up: Bodmin Town. U12s: Newquay Utd; runners-up: Truro Vipers.
CORNWALL END HOME CAMPAIGN ON A HIGH:
Cornwall's men made it four wins out of five in this season's Channel League when they beat Gloucestershire 8.5-6.5 at Newquay on Sunday, to keep alive their title hopes.
After the five morning foursomes, Cornwall led 3-2 following wins by Joe Yorke and Richard Jasper (one up), Connor Wilson & Sandy Kirton (3&2) and Richard Ackland and Harry Hall (6&5).
Then in the ten afternoon singles Cornwall came out on top 5.5-4.5.
The Cornwall winners were: Richard Jasper (one up), Joe Cruse (4 &3), Richard Ackland (one up), and Sandy Kirton (5&4), while there were halves for Joe Yorke, Connor Wilson and Matt Lock.
The key to Cornwall's win was their ability to finish off matches on the 18th hole where they won four times.
Cornwall now have one game left away to fellow title contenders Glamorgan at Radyr next month.
Cornwall seniors suffered a heavy 12.5-2.5 Channel League defeat against Gloucestershire at Bristol & Clifton.
Their points came from morning foursomes wins by Colin Ross and Dave O'Mahony and Mike Eddy and Mike Marshall, but in the ten afternoon singles only a halve for O'Mahony avoided a "whitewash" as they lost 9.5-0.5.
A reduced field of 40 juniors took part in the 36 hole Cornwall Junior Autumn Meeting at Mullion on Sunday.
Junior Autumn meeting results: Penhale Cup – Best U18 Gross score – Tom Valentine – Carlyon Bay – 143. Jubilee Tankard – Best U16 Gross score – Ryan House – Truro – 146. Chris Brian Trophy – Best U14 Gross score – Conor Davidson – Mullion – 151. John Dingle Trophy – Best Overall Mullion Gross – Conor Davidson – 151. Reg Curtiss Salver – Best Overall Nett Score – Jake Finn – Truro – 140. Scratch Runner Up – Conor Jenkins – Bude – 148; Scratch Third – Nial Hutton – St Mellion – 148. Handicap Prize ( 0-9 ) – 1st – John Rowe – Bowood – 140. Handicap Prize ( 0-9 ) – 2nd – Jamie Greet – Mullion – 141. Handicap Prize ( 10-18 ) 1st – Liam Hunter – Mullion – 140. Handicap Prize ( 10-18 ) 2nd – Simon Wilson – Mullion – 142. Handicap Prize ( 19 – 28 ) 1st – Freddie Norris – Killiow – 157. Handicap Prize ( 19 – 28 ) 2nd – Tom Stephens – Truro – 165. U14 Morning Nett 1st – Finn Rule – West Cornwall – 73. U14 Morning Nett 2nd – Tom Lentern – Falmouth – 74. U14 Morning Nett 3rd – Jack Andrew – Truro – 76
Harry Hall (juniors), Michael Wigley (Seniors) and Joe Yorke (men's) will represent Cornwall in the England Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa this weekend after winning their respective county titles.