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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.
Well it didn’t turn out too good. First hurdle was a portable pump filling up the lake bang on the corner with a mass of pipes to hinder the walk around under the bridge. So we agreed and settled to sailing from the near bank.
The idea for the day was multipurpose. First to give guys that had never had a go with Mustangs and Lasers a taste of a one sail rigged boat and they are pretty similar to each other. Then if numbers allow, to race one against each other to compare as some say the Mustang is quicker.
About half a dozen guys turned up and the weather wasn’t great. The first hour or so was a familiarisation to each others crafts and we had spare. The task was, first race Lasers only to set the usual rules in place. The next race was Mustangs only, again using the basic rules although not to the familiar Mustang course that’s sailed on Tuesdays. We had to change course just to catch out a couple of the seasoned Mustang sailors and even up the odds as we found the Mustangs are definitely quicker.
Also wanting to hinder collisions as the bigger boats are much heavier and pointy, although very old in themselves and some are pretty much held together by whatever means and could likewise be a bit fragile.
Race three and four were mixed races although you had to race one of each on both races. By the end of all four races you would have four separate scores.
Derek won the first three races, huddled along the club cabin out of the drizzle. If his radio range would have been better, I’m sure he would have raced from the comforts of his armchair from home with a set of binoculars. He then left us for family matters and a spot of lunch and forfeited his fourth score.
This was all trial and error and just a low key practise for guys. It was only at about 2 pm that the rain finally stopped. Ken had left us with his four scores and the rest of the guys decided for an additional round. John Plant had spent most of the morning caged in his car parked along Peter that was taking scores.
As the cloud over head disappeared the wind stiffened up and swung around 90 degrees to come straight down the lake which was good.
Bob had never sailed a Mustang before so it was a bit of a treat for him. Ian Hawtin had a go of both boats and was so happy about sailing and not decorating at home that he wanted to sail in all of the races which was fine. His preference in the end, was he decided the Laser was the favourite for him. Dennis also joined in and was happy to have a free sail of trimming his boat
John pinched a couple of firsts, but then he had to sail a Laser against the Mustangs, while Tony with a couple of firsts had beat Peter Iles in a very close fought battle using Peter Jackson’s heavier boat against John’s all winning super quick Mustang.
Trevor totted up the days scores and it was all separated by single points with Tony as Victor followed by Peter Iles and Ken in third. We hope that the next event on 7th July is better, as it certainly couldn’t be any worse and this paves the way nicely for the 21st July when we are programmed to be sailing all RC sailing yachts in sunshine.
Bulletproof Fleetwood Mustang class in big breeze, thanks for the vid Tony.
And another great video in from Tony Wilson, looks like the second half of 2016 with Lasers, DF65 & 95’s, IOM’s, mustangs and a bit of A Class.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows