Very sorry we have no write up for this event but I must say it looked exciting .
Very still morning greeted 8 skippers for round 8 , probably the worst turnout so far this year but with high pressure all around it looked as if the breeze would not arrive , but arrive it did 5 to 7 knots gave a good beat and run along the South bank, Usual suspects were missing on other duties or just enjoying the summer sun, Keith 88 with his well tuned Sedici was allways favorite and with 8 wins from 14 races did very well Dave 57 did his best to hang in there ad got a creditable 2nd and took two wins, Mick 46 took it on countback to claim 3rd spot , with Graham sailing very well. The two Micks spent most of the time on the benches sitting down and did manage to be on the start line for the starts, hopefully both will be back sailing proper in the not too distant future.
Many thanks to everybody who answered the call for OOD’s Keith , Dave , Cooperman and nearly all the skippers got there ealy enough to help which made it a lot easier Dave eventually calling the shots that enabled us to complete 14 races
Another nice day for racing at Lincoln 13 skippers turned up but unfortunatly one chappy was not too well and decided to go home. Pete set a great zigy zaggy course on the east bank where we had a light south easterly and beautiful sunshine, but a fair bit of geese poo thrown on the bank side for good measure.
Pete got off to a good start winning the first race in what proved to be very light and fluky winds , that was going to catch a few out, Second race was won by Chaz who had his own control are fixed in chair by his car , so very well done Chaz because it is some feat not to be over the start line or hit any marks on the way round. By race 3 Jen 69 had got to grips and took the bullitt and by race 4 39 yes thats right Keith had got it all sussed and won the next three and got a secong in race 7 very consistant after a floppy old start. There seemed to be a bit more chat than normal on bankside, mostly about rules and for one minute i thought it was I.O.M sailing but hey this fleet is getting competetive, Rules Guru Tim 969 suggested we have a little rules chat with the white board when we had coffee and so thats what happened I am sure some of it sunk in and I will not say any more about the first race after the chat !!!!!!!
Pete was a little off colour but it is always harder when your doing OOD but he came good at the end with a two firsts and a second, but a little too late to dent Keiths great win , so congratulations to him. Jen took 2nd and Pete 3rd Mick C well his fitness is improving and I hope it will not be too long before he is back to normal.
One or two skippers seem to be struggling with either set up or actual sailing skills, and all I will say is sailing is one of the most difficult of any sport of hobby to get a grip of , what I will say is if anybody would like to come to the lake on a wednesday ( they may have to do a bit of work ) I will gladly spend time with them to try and improve htere skills, just remember Lincoln skippers have improved enormously over the last year so to try and tople the top three is no mean task, but dont let that stop you trying.
Thanks to all who helped clear up and set things out , and also thanks Tim for doing the rulsie thing some pics below.
Great morning for racing, 10 skippers turned out, and for many reasons the fleet was depleted for this round, there was also a change of OOD’s assistant, which was Tim Cripps and just in case your thinking Mick C with the Sedici is back,, he shared the sailing of the Sedici 46 with Tim, who sailed very well , and apart from the starts sat on the bench, but both had a nice morning. Mick Cooper also suffering with major knee problems raced from the bench and had three good 3rd’s before retiring. The breeze was from the South west and backed into the South as the morning went on, Tim Hand 44 got off to a fantastic start wining the first 4 races before Chris E 74 clicked into gear and these two were well ahead of the fleet and the only race they did not win was won by Pete C 110 in race 6 The rain held off and despite being a bit fluky, racing was good and involved a bit of a dog leg course that worked well and kept skippers close to the bank.
On countback it was close but congratulations belong to Tim with his V10 ,
Many thanks to all the helpers especially Roger Bowtle who as usual gets there early and gets all the gear out, ready for racing.