Eight competitors were greeted with sunshine and a reasonable breeze ranging between 8 and 12 knots with gust somewhat stronger. The immediate issue was which rig to use and the wind strength was right on the cut off point. The slip was around 50:50 between A and A plus. Jen set a windward leeward course and did the required covid 19 briefing before racing got underway.
Race one saw Jen fastest out of the blocks winning easily from Keith Holmes and Dave Rigby.
The same three got away from the fleet in race two with Keith taking the win from Dave and Jen taking third. Race three saw and increase in wind strength and those on A plus had fun getting downwind. Mick Cooper sailed well to take the win from Keith and Dave in second and third.
The wind was now making life very interesting for those on A Plus but we had a repeat of race one with Jen taking the win Keith second following a senior moment from Dave getting the finish line wrong but he recovered to take third.
Coffee break saw Keith and Dave change down to A rigs but a broken kicker for Keith forced him back onto A plus.
The wind had now increased and was doing some very strange things as you approached the windward mark making life very interesting. Dave took advantage of the wind increase taking the win from Keith and Jen.
Following a very interesting time on the run Jen joined the rest of the fleet on an A rig.
Race six saw Bill McPhee find his form and he took the win from Dave and Alan Newman took a good third. Bill repeated this in race seven with Alan second and Dave third.
Race eight saw Keith and Dave get away from the fleet, Keith opened the gap when the wind eased and Dave closed the gap when it increased. The final beat saw the wind ease just enough for Keith to press home his advantage taking the win with Dave second and Bill third.
The final race of the day took a similar pattern only this time fortunes were reversed with the wind increasing enough to make the A plus hard to handle and Dave took advantage and took the win from Keith and Mick taking third.
Overall it was great morning racing sailed in a great spirit with good close competition throughout the fleet. Congratulations to Keith on the win.
Report from David Rigby, many thanks