After the warmth of the last few days the weather today surprised us all. The forecast was for a light 9-12 knot breeze and we all rigged for that with A rig. The other surprise was the SW direction which although forecast was a welcome change from the all too familiar NW and NE winds, we’ve seen most often this year.
With 8 boats on the water sailing started at 1pm with a fast and furious race with A rigs and everyone overpowered. A quick change to B rig proved the right decision and we eventually managed 12 races. The course was a long beat to a windward mark and then a long downwind leg to the bottom with a short reach to a turning mark before a long beat back up to the top of the course.
JT back from his attendance at the IOM National Championship proved fast out of the blocks and was rarely out of the top 3. Roger sailing his Kantun was consistently fast especially downwind. Garry had a great day and his consistent good sailing frequently saw him up the front of the fleet and making good tactical choices. Peter was struggling with the setup of his B rig having not used it for a couple of years. Cliff, with his newly certified boat and his familiar sail number 26 back was making great starts but seemed to pick up more than his fair share of weed. Edward’s patient practice is showing his steady improvement in the fleet and his overall results do not show just how well he’s going.
The days sailing was universally enjoyed and it was very often close and sometimes we needed a photo finish to separate boats. Thank you to Barbara for keeping us on track and recording the results. Despite bringing the wrong boat Derek acted as an observer and kept everyone, including the early starters, honest. Many thanks Derek.
We even had a guest drop in and request to join the club.
So ended a great days sailing.