26th September 2021
Race Officers: Luis Quiroga & Isabelle Duff
SB: Sina Stapelfeldt & Dan Bignold
Surprisingly mild and bright conditions greeted our competitors. After a less than decisive start, when the race officers showed enormous benevolence in allowing some sailors to start despite not being quite over the line, things got underway.
The hitherto chosen triangle shape was dropped in favour of a sausage, this shape and gusty conditions not without its challenges for all our sailors, even for Renato, who almost came a cropper with the Thames but managed to dry capsize. Renato set the pace and was round the buoys very quickly, this speed only dwindling at the very end, when a dearth of wind added precious seconds and minutes.
Renato was first over the line at 0.36.27, followed shortly after by Jakob who had no such troubles with the wind and glided past the clubhouse. Alan came next hot on Jakob’s tail, but spare a thought for James who was extremely unlucky; the wind dropped just as he approached the line and was stuck in a sort of ‘Putney purgatory’, but he persisted and came in fourth.
Our sailors of the day were two relatively new recruits- Hannah and Manuel – who showed enormous effort and perseverance despite challenging conditions. Thanks to all for a great day!