Saturday had seen near gale force winds so as race officer I was somewhat pleased to see Sunday’s conditions much more sedate.
We had a fabulous turn out with 11 boats on the water. Ranging from old hands such as Sara and Allan, returnees such as Sina sailing with Tom and newer members including Amy in a Laser Radial.
The wind was very changeable at the start with a strong tide, we had a significant number of boats over the start line and I decided to do a general recall which I then regretted as it took about half an hour to get everyone back to the start. The RNLI was hovering around and chatting to our racers at one point. I never did find out what that was about.
Finally we got them all off. Allan, Henry (big), David and Graham led the pack around the first lap and pretty much stayed in that order for the entire race, with lots of exciting action further to the back . Sara gradually pulled herself up to the front pack. Digby had a terrible first lap missing the first buoy, but gradually picked his way up the fleet. Henry (small) did brilliantly with a his little Topaz sail fighting the strong tide, really good practice for him.
Final result Allan and Steph, brilliant race for David Fletcher and Andrew Tasker in the Wayfarer in 2nd place and Sara coming 3rd.
All in all a great race with a bit of an upsetting end when poor Jane had a nasty accident with a crushed finger helping put a boat on a trailer, I am sure you will all join me in sending her our best wishes and hope she’s recovering well.