8 skippers , and a whole lot more looked at the weather forecast and said ” no thanks ”
They missed a great mornings racing the rain stopped at 0945 and the sun cam out it was warm and the breeze was stright down the lake, around 8/10 knots if that allowing A + rigs to be used. The racing was closer than it looked on the score sheet and some very good tussles up and down the fleet , We had a shower in race 6 nobody got wet , but we had to wait till race 8 before Mick Chamberlain got knocked off his perch and Jen had a fine win. The start as allways was paramount and if you got the start right, you were away, Results below .
Interesting we had two new members join the club today and I will introduce them fully to you in the news .
When racing stopped we had ten minutes and then the heavans opened and most of us got soaked but it was a great mornings sailing and true in every respect to what the websites weather forecast promised .
Overcast day 1/2 knots of breeze from the North East,, rain on and off,, frustrating it was and plenty, Alan the OOD opted for sailing on the South bank, first time there for many months. Because the breeze was so light and at times none at all we only did one lap , two beats and a run , we managed to get in 8 races and Gordon got off to a flyer winning the first two races. A win for Mick Ch in the next before Keith got into his lightwind stride with four straight bullets, and then the final race had Gordon just pipping Keith for the win, I am thinking that many of you will be asking about weed , and well you may ( light wind sailing on the South bank ) I think I shall speak for all skippers when I say it was apart from two incidents weed free , one was Gordon and one was me. Remarkable yes, Gotta thank all the guys who picked up a rake before racing and cleared a load from the East bank that would in time have gone back out in the lake at a slight wind change. Nuff said on that, except to say when you help out with a rake it is much apreciated. So Keith was the master of the light stuff today so well done to him, Stand out skipper was Gordon Bennett, with Alan Newman doing better than I have seen him do for a while.
Winter series start in October and for those of you who thought it was I.O.M’s next week , sorry it is DF 65’s dont ask why cos I dunno .
Another good day at Scotland farm, Record turnout with 14 skippers coming to the line and 6 different designs , Wind was 70 % of top suit to start and faded for the last three races, all very exciting racing along the East bank. We had a new Titan out from Mick Cooper for the first time, one or two minor issues as you always get with a new boat but trust me it will be quick. Mick Chamberlain got of to a good start with his Sedici just pipping Bob Geary with another Sedici, Normal service was resumed in race two with Robs Brit Pop just pipping Adrians Sedici , Race team Jen Hand kept things going and race three was Robs followed by Mick Ch. After race 4 a coffee break was called, the wind had dropped a little and in race 5 Keith Holmes got his name on the board with his Brit Pop, Chris Graves was struggling, maybe trying to hard , but had his just desserts in race 6 with a win. Ivan 93 had to leave early, and Geoff Streeter is still getting to grips with the AB4, Graham K was sailing very well, but as the breeze went soft it became more difficult to keep the boat moving, Adrian got a great win in race 7 and was so far in front it looked like he only did one lap ( Just Joking), Final win of the day was Mick Ch putting the Sedici on top of the pile for the day . The final series standings will be published in the next few days, and presentation of the trophy will be done at the clubs AGM early in November.
The series has been excellent this year and to round it of with 14 skippers and also a couple of prospective members looking on, the club is healthy and looking forward to a great winter series. I am expecting to add a few phots to this post as a photographer friend was in attendance
well done to all the helpers and OOD,s and the skippers for making this a great days racing
What a glorious morning , tempretures in the high teens 10 expectant skippers, A great ziggy zaggy course, but wait,, the wind was in the North and not a lot of it, Added to that there was a lot of green salad around and when I say a lot it was humungous, It kinda made procceding a bit like the ” Scotto” except it was not A Pound a go. Very frustrating morning for all and was the worst we have experienced this year. Many thqanks To Mick Cooper and Geoff Streeter for doing the dutie’s and the weed helpers before and during racing ” every little helps ” Well done to Keith for the Win and have to mention Geoff S sailed very well when he was not caught up and got 4th . Hey ho one round to go, get it in your diary.