The day dawned cloudy and grey with the threat of rain, the good news was there was a strong breeze which had skippers putting a the B suit in the pre race practice, but it seemed that 15 minutes before the start the wind shut down and A suits went on most boats. The fine misty rain that followed stopped after half an hour. Racing took place on the East bank with a great beat and run course, Floaty salad was slight but did affect you if you got it, but the lake has a lot less and is in much better shape than it was this time last year. A good fleet 13 skippers had some good exciting racing, Chris E got off to a good start in race one but Mick C bounced back in race two, Jen H was sailing really well with her new set of sails and was showing some good results, Chris G started slow maybe he stuck with B rig ? but showed fine form after the coffee break, Newcommer to the club Adrian was having difficulties in the gusty conditions but will only get better and we all welcome him to the club. At the end it was Mick C with 12 points from 8 races, who took the top step with his Sedici . Racing finished a tad early as the strong winds came back in race 8 with a lot of diving on the run and a unanamous decicision to call it a day was made.
Many thanks to the race team Chris and Rob and of course Roger for getting everything sorted nice and early.
A good shakedown for those going to the Nationals next weekend, and good luck to all Lincoln skippers who are going.
At the start of racing the weather was not promising. Still damp and drizzly from the overnight rain and very little wind from the SW. A course was set up and down the East bank. A small amount of weed affected most skippers at some point but as the sailing progressed the rain stopped, the wind filled in to a fairly steady breeze which became close to the top of the A+ rigs comfort zone and the weed appeared to be less of a problem.
Racing was close as can be seen from the results. 5 skippers achieving a win. Congratulations to Bill and comiserations to Gordon who lost out to Roger on countback ( 3 second places to 2}
Thanks to Alan and Peter for their efforts during the morning.
A great day at the lake 6 I.O.M’s and 6 DF 95’s , The I.O.M racing was close with Chris G just claiming victory from Mick Cooper , I cannot speak more highly of both these skippers for the way they handle themselves in front of an audience, their skill and cool calm confidence is a factor any young kid coming in to the sport would look up to. Billy mac and Peter G tied on 20 points but Billy mac takes it on countback, as always we look to other points of view on the racing, and below are a few words from todays winning skipper himself.
Sunday the 5th dawned at LRYC warm, overcast and virtually no wind..!!!….but as is often the way at Scotland Farm, by the time the attending IOM skippers (6 this time) had prepared their racing machines and the officers of the day, Chaz and Mick had chosen a suitable and long 1 circuit course almost the full length of the east bank, the wind was picking up, well, a slight breeze would be more accurate for race one but as the morning progressed the wind strengthened a little for each of the 9 starts and some great racing was had. After three races the course was doubled as our officers decided the IOM skippers weren’t walking far enough……..!!!
Graham K no57 took the honours in the first race by quite some margin (nobody quite caught what he was saying but Chris G was heard muttering something under his breath about orange boats😂) but then Graham suffered for most of the rest of the morning with sailings equivalent of “vegetarianism” … more commonly known lakeside as the curse of the salad…!!! Mick Cooper no39 and Chris Graves no1….. battled it out in some real tooth and nail stuff with Chris G just taking the honours for the day with 5 wins against Micks 3 although chris acknowledges one win was purely down to confusion from half the fleet as to how many times we’d (that’s WE’D not WEED) had actually been around the course and Chris thanks Bill Mc for leading them all astray😎 it really was another fabulous morning with some great company as usual……the racing through the fleet was close with everybody at some point experiencing that “oh god, I’m in front, where do I go now” feeling……
Fantastic morning at the lake 6 DF 95’s showed up to race. wind light to around 8 knots at the finish, Ivan had to call it a day at tea break and Mick C winch let him down in the last race, Keith and Mick were neck and neck in every race and Keith won so many congratulations to him with his first outing with the DF 95, and home made sails, exceptional sailing. Also new to DF 95 racing was Alan Newman, doing a bit of a count up it looks as though we now have at least 10 DF 95’s at the club now, so after a long time building the fleet is finally expanding, and will be ready for it’s own day of racing come the winter series in October. A fantastic day sometimes frustrating but always good smiles on the skippers faces.
many thanks to all the helpers who helped the OOD’s .