Saturday afternoon was designated ‘practice day’ but all we really did was practice trying to keep the boats in one piece in a classic building Fleetwood breeze. We started off with 9 boats and after 6 races we were down to a sole survivor! There were fried electronics, ripped sails (sorry Derek) and a broken rudder that required the West System and hand dryer treatment. Competitors then retired to the Mount for ham egg and chips and a couple of beers. A very civilised evening as befits a very civilised class.
What a difference a day makes! Sunday dawned bright and clear with frosty car windows and zero breeze. The wind kicked in at 10am and built nicely throughout the day but thankfully we didn’t see a repeat of yesterdays carnage.
16 races were completed in glorious sunshine and at the end of the day the Fleetwood club boat skippered by Derek Priestley, Tim Lanigan and Mike Parkington had the best of it with class captain Bob Connor in second closely followed by Phil Holliday in 3rd place.
Thanks to all the competitors for the bon ami shown off and on the race course and to Eric Watkinson once again for running the races and keeping the scores on both days and letting us play with these powerful and graceful yachts.