What a day at Scotland farm, I doubt conditions could have been any better
for the 13 skippers who turned out for heat one of the DF 65 series. A beautiful sunny day, South Westerly around 12/14 knots straight down the lake. You did need to wrap up warm, all racing marks checked and repositioned, to give a long windward / leeward course on the East bank, Mick Cooper got the briefing underway sharp at 0950.
1st race Mick Ch 46 was hot out of the blocks to take the win with Jen H 69
in close contention. The club welcomed a new member Alan who elected to just practice for the morning and so stayed out of the results, 2nd race and Pete W 65 who had been sailing well took the win with Mick Ch taking second and Billy Mc 425 taking third spot.
The shifts on the beat were ready to catch anybody out and so it happened on the third race with Mick Ch and Pete W and with only 20 feet from the line you would have put money on Mick Ch, one shift later Pete W took the win, and Jen Hafter sailing a great race took third spot. Race 5 / 5/ 6/ 7/ Mick Ch proved unstoppable with four straight wins, and in race 6 with the wind at max for A+ rig his elastic tensioner broke, and was hastily repaired with a knot and some super glue, at this time several skippers had decided to change down to A rig as this was definitely the prudent thing to do, Mick Ch however had used to much super glue and was unable to remove the sheet lines to change down.
It was great to welcome back Alan Edgar after an 8 month Covid 19 enforced layoff, In race 8 Mike W 176 got away to a great start and despite some pressure from Mick Ch held on to the win, well done Mike, Dave Rigby got a couple of seconds, Alan N 232 had his best spell in races 6 and 7, Keith H 669 had some flashes but did not seem to be on his usual form. Mick Co 79 was taking his OOD responsibilities seriously but had a great result in the last race. Pete We 26 continues to improve, and Jen H is really sailing as well as I have ever seen. Mick Ch again had elastic problems in race 10 and was forced to retire when the sheet line came off the drum.
Thanks to everybody who helped the OOD with all the bits and pieces, also
many thanks to Greg for doing our scoring , and also taking some pictures along with Tony which you can see below. Thanks to all skippers for an enjoyable mornings racing, and finally well done to Mick Ch for the impressive win. And selling more Xmas ” SCOTTO” TICKETS .