Early cloud had lifted by 10 o’clock, the sun was shining, the wind was stronger than forecast and in a westerly direction straight up the lake thus allowing a convenient start line near the club house. Tim L and Chris C manned the oars to add and move some marks, gave some good advice setting a course then off we went. Eight races were run by 12.15 before we broke for lunch. At this stage Tim L and Chris C led with just 11 points each, Tim ahead on count back, but John S was right behind on 12.
After lunch the wind had dropped slightly and swung to the north a bit so some more mark movement, new course and off again. It was a struggle to get another eight races in as the wind continued to drop but we did it. A late surge by John S of five bullets in the last five races was enough to pip Chris C and Tim L, who had some disastrous results(for him anyway) but still comfortably held on for a third place. Gentleman that he is he donated his prize to our one lady competitor, perhaps for her sheer consistency of finishing last with such joyous enthusiasm?
Some thanks. First to John and Susan Sharman for making it a truly ‘Open’ event, to Chris C and Tim L for working the oars and finally to Pete Jackson for the starts and recording results for each race. Final positions are below.