Cold. Very, very cold. I arrived early, determined not to repeat the errors of my previous RO effort. Ah, well, the best laid plans….
The view from the front of the fleet. A gusty force 4 northerly breeze did not deter a full-rigged Laser (Renato) and Enterprise (Allan and Steph), a small rig Solo (Sara), a reefed Albacore (Armand and Jane) and 2 4.7’s (Tara and Henry). Given the strong ebb flow, the plan was to start at 12.45 and finish near Battersea Power Station, by which time the tide would at least be on the turn, thus reducing the early finishers’ waiting time. Regrettably, it was close to one o’clock when I got on the water with Anita. Add a false start because most of the fleet didn’t hear the first set of signals, and the actual start time was 13.07 – giving the fleet about 8 minutes to get to the finish before the time I expected the tide to be turning!
Working hard, Renato quickly pulled out a lead, followed by Allan and Steph, then Tara, Henry, and Armand/Jane and Sara rather too far back for comfort (of which more below) as we approached Albert Bridge, so I finished the first race off Battersea Park, the order unchanged save that Sara had not make it to the finish,. The return leg was a rerun of the race down, except that Allan/Steph caught up Renato strongly on the final leg to the Club.
From The Back Marker.
There was either a lot of cold wind or very little cold wind.
Sara rolled in round at about Lots Road and could not get back aboard, we towed her to the bank and marooned her there until the fleet returned, about an hour! But she bore us no ill will. Armand shipped a lot of water and we held him head to wind while he or rather Jane bailed out so he was rather late for the second leg.
So, Renato won the race overall with Allan and Steph 2nd and Tara 3rd. Full results on the website.
My thanks to Anita, and to John and Will in the second boat, and to all providers of post-race edible goodies.