The race was governed by light westerly breezes and a moderate tide.
Whilst the lulls and gusts proved a challenge at some buoys -
particularly that in the shade of the club Starting Hut - the wind
prevailed for the full race. Wind, sun, blue skies and a good tide
made perfect sailing conditions.
A big thank you to Gareth Colman for setting an interesting course as
OD and to Craig & Ed for their steadfast Safety cover
The new sailing season started with7 boats taking part in the first
race, on a day that promised slight winds and no snow. The reality was
that the tide was very gentle and the wind was very fickle in the
early stages of this 5 mile race.
The start went smoothly enough with the two Laser class boats make
a classics start dueling with each other but ignoring the large field
of Falcons who all made poor starts due to the fickle wind. The
wind aided the lighter boat for most of the race, with the tide
turning earlier than expected it made for great difficulties in making
the distant mark, this meant that local knowledge and skill came into
its own. The laser of Alan Dodd and the Falcon of Ian Reading
managed to break the rest of the fleet and made the home line nearly
together leaving a large gap between them and the next boats home.
Interesting afternoon of racing, and a good cobweb remover after a 6
month lay off.
Thanks to Craig & Ed, Alex and Gareth for Safety Cover and
Colin for OD duties, itís great to be back. Happy Easter.
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