Hi guys and girls two reports for this event from our round the world reporters Keith and Jen many thanks.
After an extremely windy day Saturday it was somewhat calmer for the start of the racing on Sunday morning.Unfortunately, Micky Ch had been on holiday all week, and we did not have our usual “Thursday NEWS”, resulting in two skippers turning up with the wrong boats! Oh how we miss him. A long course was laid along the South bank, and two laps were completed on each race all morning. Starting on A+ rig, by coffee break we were changing down to A and almost immediately to B. Bill McPhee changed down to C and said what a pleasure it was to race whilst watching some of us with rudders pointing to the skies. No surprise, Pete came out on top for the morning with 9 .points closely followed by Keith on…11………….For those of you who missed it – it wasn’t cold and we didn’t get wet. Our new jetty is now well clear of the water, but it was a welly job if you wanted to retrieve your boat on the south bank .
Today was a day to practice rig changes. No rain and A+ rig to start. Peter W & dave Rigby moved the marks & set the course along the south bank. Gordon arrived only to find he had brought the wrong boat, so did Roger B ,,, Roger B borrowed Mick Ch boat for the first four races then gave it back to Mick ,,,, so who said no news is good news !!!! First 3 races were sailed using A+ rig but it was noticed the wind was getting stronger and those on A rig were keeping up. Early break to change down to A rig. Before the end of coffee break because the wind was increasing most people had realised B rig was the order of the day. 1st race after coffee proved changing down was right. By the end of the last race if we had carried on we would be changing down to C rig. Another good days sailing and thanks to Mick Ch for running the event. Great win for Pete with Keith a close second well done to everybody .
many thanks to all the helpers to get stuff out and put away ,, when are these strong winds going to stop it has been three weeks now, and there seems no end to it . News will resume this week hopefully.
please note the date on the scores below should read 23rd February 2020
A short report by Keith below many thanks mate ,,,, as I remember the forecast scared a lot of people to death.
Keith did the main OOD assisted by Mick Ch and a few , Mick was going on his Hols so did not sail .
Fantastic days sailing. Wind top of B suit & no rain, shame only 5 turned up. Half way through the morning we stopped for coffee& a piece of Micks & Gordons birthday cake. Keith did a good job of rescuing buoys that had been blown on to the bank the previous weekend& setting a good course along the east bank. Chris E did well in the challenging conditions & came out on top followed closely by Rob Wilson. For those not used to the conditions there was plenty of help & advice. A good days sailing.
10 Skippers for round 9 won by Chris E, with Rob W in second and Adrian C in third. All the wins were recorded by the top three , A few skippers missing ,,
report by Chris E many thanks
The racing started off on the South bank with the conditions very different at the start where there was plenty of steady wind to the windward mark, where there was not very much, but a fair start line made the first beat very fair to all those who started either at the windward end of the line or those at the leeward end.
Rob started off well by winning the first race but others were close on his tail. The second race saw an incident around the first mark for which Chris E sought clarity, and he subsequently accepted responsibility and withdrew from the race in which Adrian sailed well to record a win. Rob returned to winning ways in the third race.
At the break the wind had come around so much that we reset the course to sail off the East bank.
This brought a change in the sailing and Chris E soon took to the course and conditions and recorded 4 out of 5 wins, but all of the races were close between himself and Rob with others coming in very close behind. The standard has clearly improved this year and competitiveness has increased with skippers learning about their boat set up and sailing strategy when starting and approaching a marks.