Race Officers: Ryan Fuller and Kate Paterson
Safety Boat: Andrew Tasker and Ollie Bennett
What a stunning day for sailing, the sun was shining and with a gusting 20-knot wind it could be the best SBSC day yet. The start time set at high water and a solid Westerly gave us the opportunity for a long course. A two buoy gate just short of the pier near Hammersmith Bridge and a single buoy beyond the start line opposite the Craven Cottage the course was set.
Eleven boats lined up; yet George took a short trip down the course. Which I am sure was planned and just his way of checking the conditions. He managed to gain a useful tow from Andrew & Olly in the safety boat and crossed the line with just minutes to spare. Everything was set for an epic race.
Five Four One Go.
A couple of boats were super keen and found themselves below the start as the wind shifted around. They all honoured their status by crossing the right side of the line before using the full force of the tide to catch up the fleet. Flying down the course with favourable wind and tide the first leg was completed in a matter of minutes. Jamie seemed to have fitted a waterjet to his Laser making up ground from the rear to round the buoy in second place, behind Renato. George’s pre-course research had paid off as he followed very closely behind.
On the second lap, Ranelagh S.C. found themselves within the mix of our fleet as they had subsequently placed a buoy just beyond our American Cup style gate. Renato stretched his lead, leaving the following pack to fight it out. Steph, Hugh and Tara made up places to follow onto the last lap. Hugh was sailing like a bronco, making up the place after the place before flipping over and having to start again.
The last lap Renato had finished with minutes to spare, which left Tara, Steph, Hugh, Jamie & George within seconds of each other. Steph managed to find a lift within metres of the finish line to come in second, with Tara seconds behind.
Thank you to my safety boat crew, Andrew & Olly for keeping everyone safe and Kate for helping me in the race box.