Mustangs and Lasers Sailing

Monday 26th August

With a very light wind forecast and being held on a Bank Holiday, I was feeling a bit negative to whether the day would actually go ahead. Surprised to when a good handful of Laser skippers had actually turned up, I set to into putting a Mustang together..The wind slowly filtered through and the day was looking better as a constant wind of about 5 MPH began to blow from a westerly corner of the lake. We managed to club together five Lasers and four Mustangs, so we could in effect do some racing. A sausage shape windward / leeward course of two laps and finish a bit further up the field was the order.
We tend to play these days by ear and it was fair enough to just race and not bother with results and this seemed to keep us in check and not get to over excited as we sometimes do.
The morning went to the Lasers, being lighter in weight and able to cope better with very light winds. Eric A. was having some good results and was usually the winner. The wind all the time picking up a touch and even Mike P. on just a B rig was doing fine with the Laser.
We had a spectator from Manchester that had a go with a Mustang and then a couple of more goes with separate Lasers until his misses and family dragged him away. He says he had a little black boat at home that he was hoping to sail on a pond. Couldn’t think of what it was called but  remembered a Dragon emblem on the sail. Only had it about 2 Years and still in the packet. So we hope to have whetted his appetite. 
After lunch and the Mustangs came alive. As the wind picked up a little more all the while, by the end of the day it was breaking the 10 MPH barrier. Leaving the Lasers by a greater margin, the Mustangs seemed to be now coming in first.
Another spectator this time from Cambridge was able to also have a brief go with one of the boats at the end of play and was very grateful.
Some had exchanged boats through the day for a try with something different.You could say a day of two halves and all in all a fair day.

Tony Wilson