Feb 18

Goodwin 3, Sunday 8th February – Joseph’s report

Goodwin 3, Sunday 8th February 2020.
With the wind from the SW and the air sparkling in occasional sunshine, four Lasers & two Solos took to the water on Saturday afternoon last.  Bunched at the start, all boats remained close until stretching out at the second buoy – the gaps would continue to grow throughout the race.
A three-buoy course had been laid, with buoys B & C on the Fulham bank.  It was the type of course that could penalise sailors who, for whatever reason, lost time in rounding the marks.  Both Renato on the first lap & Sara (later on) found themselves slipping back in the field, with a challenge to recover lost ground.  Not so Jakob, Henry & Allan who all gradually extended the gap back to the others.  Henry led briefly, but, for most of the race, Jakob was in the lead.  The first lap had taken a little over ten minutes, so the race was lengthened by one lap, from five to six.  The wind freshened during the final 12-15 minutes of the race.  Another lap could have been added, but by then it was too late to let sailors know.
Results, on corrected time:
1st Jakob, 2nd Henry, 3rd Allan, 4th Renato, 5th Jamie, 6th Sara.

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Big thanks to the safety-boat crew Jon & Karin, & to ARO Jim Carroll.
This was a rearranged race, due to Storm Ciara.  We were joined on the water by some old friends and a couple of new faces on the shore.
Joseph