DF95 2019 Saturdays No. 1

Saturday 4th May

Yesterday we had hail and there was talk of snow today, so it was cold.

First glance at the lake and there were some flat spots due to the wind coming over the sand hills. The course was set up near the clubhouse and there were many families enjoying the day out. Six skippers all using the big rig and we just did a one lapper to get the ball rolling.

The second race we added a lap and this was where the confusion started during the race. We had broken every rule on course setting, using buoys more than once and in different directions and even the odd crossover. Some were sailing the correct course, what the course should be, or even what they thought the course was.

It didn’t help when many boats were being caught on crab lines. When you turned your back, you realised some had been casting their lines out towards the middle of the lake. ( well the first nearest buoy anyway) We couldn’t sail any further after half way as there was a fast power boat doing it’s thing, and we still had the flat spots, so had to make do with what we had.

Rounding the buoys the wrong way or missing out marks continued for a while up until coffee break, race six. The wind direction was fluctuating.

Then the simplified course was adopted. Only 4 marks to be used. Start line, Port, Starboard, starboard, Port and Finish. and only one lap.It went much better, we are all still learning.

The wind swung lakewise during the break, it got up and also all fishers of men had gone home, because it was now feeling a lot colder. Most Skippers doubled back into the clubhouse and dropped down to ‘B’ rig.

Chris had been doing well during the afternoon with only dropping the odd win to the other guys. The wind continued to strengthen with gusts and after a few more races ‘C’ rigs became the norm.. Thirteen races in total and we finished just before 5 pm. It had been a long challenging afternoon, very sailable and rules had been adhered to.

Tony Wilson