Following the bonfire extravaganza we had a great turnout for today’s downriver on a sunny and windy but cold day. The wind scared most into taking cut down sails but dropped down just in time for the start. I had the dream team of Armand, Ben, Sam and potential new member Christina in the safety boats – thanks for that, Ollie!
Hugh and Gary in the Xenon and Roland and Anne in Roland’s new topaz (watch out Edmund!) were above the line at the start gun and the Xenon valiantly made its way back without losing too much time. The topaz was forgiven and allowed to start soon after the others taking a small time penalty. The lower winds helped Renato and Ollie (in laser fulls) to pull considerably ahead of the others. Further back Jamie and Henry were neck and neck and finished within 2 seconds of each other. But Jane and Amy in 4.7s took 3rd and (separating Jamie and Henry) 5th spots respectively due to their handicaps. Showing how every second counts!
With three people in the safety boat we had an extremely easy time taking the results with one shouting when a boat went past the line, one looking at the clock and one writing it down. Simples!
We were congratulating ourselves on an excellently run race so far when we realised we didn’t have a megaphone to start the second leg back. Luckily we had some paddles as flags and Armand and Ben echoing Sam’s countdown – seemed to have worked for Sara at least who had an excellent start first past the line. Everyone then bunched up for most of the way back with Renato consolidating his lead.
I was dropped off to take the results and the stress of consolidating three roles into one meant I missed Amy and Henry coming in among the Corinthian boats coming back from the pub. It didn’t affect the results though with Amy winning the leg back on handicap and Henry getting past Jamie to conclude that battle. Sara had a capsize-free return leg enabling her to claim 3rd.
We then had some lovely soup leftover from the bonfire party – thanks Alison and Amy!
Overall results were Renato 1st, Amy 2nd and Ollie 3rd.