“Great to be sailing”

It’s great to be back sailing/racing again after such a long lockdown!

Over the Easter weekend we had racing for 5 classes.

All sailing at the club conforms to the latest guidelines.

Saturday,  we had a joint day for Lasers & Mustangs.  We had very little wind to start and what we had was mainly off the sea, but we managed a few alternate races with the different boats & we had fun swapping around from boat to boat. We did keep scores but it was impossible to determine winners as so many different people raced different boats & we ended up with all in one fleet, where the Lasers won in the lighter winds and the Mustangs won in the heaver wind later in the day.

Sunday, we had a race for IOM’s.  With a beautiful westerly wind of about 10knts to start & we had 12 boats of varying standards.  A long course was set using almost the full length of the lake, 2 laps for each race.  Course length estimated at 1000 mtrs.

From the beginning the “Britpops” of Rob Walsh & Dave Burke dominated the racing taking an early lead on the lake & scoreboard. John Taylor (Rubix) & Garry Benson (Britpop) were in the next group, followed by Ian Hawtin (Chienz) Eric Austwick (Alternative) Malcolm Clement (Elipsis) & Damian Ackroyd (Maiden)  then came Peter Isles (Gadget) and Walter Audley (Metric Magic)  Derek P, we won’t mention!    The days scores are attached.  Final mention goes to Chris Chatfield who at the end of last year changed his boat, and is now the proud owner of a Sedechi, the only one in the club. Unfortunately, as can be seen from the attached scores, Chris didn’t have the best of starts. As he was rigging the boat the winch line came off the drum & he spent the morning with his head & hands inside the boat trying to fix it! but he came out for the afternoon session all guns blazing & caused a bit of bother at the front of the fleet!

Monday, was the turn of the DF 65’s & 95’s.  we were pleased to welcome 2 new members to our group, Alan Smith & Andy Richies, both with 95’s.  The forecast was terrible and we were amazed to see so many keen sailors arrive. The wind was strong & gusty off the pumphouse corner.

Wednesday sees the start of the Schooner programme with a shakedown event before the competitive programme starts next week.

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