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The Cherub is a two-person 12 foot racing dinghy with asymmetric spinnaker and twin trapezes. Just twelve feet long, weighing around 70kgs fully rigged for sailing, the Cherub combines spectacular performance with the “on the edge” handling characteristics only found in true lightweight skiffs.
The Cherub rules are simple and allow for maximum flexibility for designers, allowing boats to be created to incorporate sailor's own ideas. Also meaning the class develops over time as techniques, materials and ideas improve. All this makes the Cherub one of the most interesting and innovative of all dinghies: The challenge extends from the sailing skills to setting up the boat to suit the sailor, and maybe even designing and building, too.
So, where to begin?
The end would make sense.
Results were this.
With a few teams arriving Friday night, it was off in to town to try and find a friendly chicken shop, unfortunately it had closed. Onwards to the kebab shop. Check on the race course super early, like the rya says we should, we unpacked and got in to sleeping bags when we heard foot steps coming up the stairs, turns out she wasn't a strippergram, but a real police woman!
Wind was on and the waves were up. Many boats chose to go for small sails as the forecast was set to increase. Some of us were quite envious of Greg and Zara in Madge. Eleanor had to retire due to an unplugged bung.
The Peters started and never looked back, Dave Ching and Isaac rounded the top mark and tried to get some speed on then realising they rigged the kite wrong. Robin jones in banshee rounded third but crew, Ellie, decided she'd rather be a trawler woman. The shiny beast rounded fourth to then overtake the upturned banshee. EJ who were late for the start was playing catchup all race but managed to get back to 4th on the final run to the finish.
This saw Dave an Issac sit out the race to re rig the kite ashore leaving Usagi, Elenor and EJ to battle it out. Usagi got a small lead but was kept honest all the way round with EJ and Elenor swapping posting multiply times on the beat only for EJ to break a gooseneck at the top mark to end that battle. It also saw the traditional banshee being sailed off the course by shiny.
saw all but three cherubs ashore, Usagi was pacing the line in the fresher breeze, Little Chilli was darting about and the Shiny Beast was capsized drifting towards the pin end for a quick recover and off. That was the plan. All three boats leaped across the line only for Little Chilis jib clew plate to explode, and the Shiny Beasts starboard tiller to be on the post side wrapped around the main sheet and the trap lines. This left the shiny beast in a war of attrition, after sorting out their problems they did a lap, let Usagi pass them hoping for a shorted course. No hooter, so they gave up.
Saturday night the usual Sheppy entertainment was very good fun with human Hungry hippos being one of the highlights of the night.
Less wind and less waves.
most competitors woke up with the usual headache. Except one. Ej rounded first, with little chilli close behind. Leaving Usagi, banshee, madge and shiny playing catch up. EJ, Chilli and Usagi pulled a gap to the chasing pack in the dyeing breeze with some lead swaps up both the second and third beats as they fought the tide. It ended with Chilli being the right side of a van of breeze to get the win with Usagi second and Ej third.
The remaining races were abandoned due to dyeing breeze and a ripping tide making it hard for the light cherubs to get any forward/upwind gains.
One clew plate
One goose neck.
One T foil
Event Interviews can be found here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=143&v=zw8RJkXjpyw
Photo's Credit to Chas Bradford.
Four boats (Ronin, EJ, Banshee Ambulance and the Shiny Beast) made it to this event, which was shared with B14s, Musto Skiffs and RS700s. Jamie's Rutland-phobia appeared misplaced - not arctic at all; no gales; no mountainous waves.
Ronin dominated the event, winning all but one when their masthead unit disintegrated but managed to lock the kite halyard - with the kite up! The results look more ordered than most of the racing actually was. At one stage Cherubs were 3 abreast at the windward mark, and places changed throughout the races, including right up to the finish.
The wind was up and down all weekend (Saturday 5-16 Sunday 6-15), both days with sunshine :)
Shifty as well, which caused a number of unexpected swims (across all the classes)
Some interviews after sailing can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxTyIGesyNY&feature=youtu.be
Credit to Tim Olin for the photos.
More photos can be seen on the Cherub Facebook group.