A Cloudy but rainfree day greeted 10 skippers to Scotland farm for round 9, OOD Mick Chamberlain ably assisted by a few helpers, set a course along the East bank with a couple of dog legs, one was just about in the wind shadow and proved tricky for some, there was enough breeze to sail probably 4/5 knots but there were times when the breeze faded and coffee break was called.
Jen Hand was was quick of the mark after all her winch line problens over the previous week and nailed the first race with keith in the very well tuned Sedici, coming home second , and Mick C sitting in his usual chair after the start taking third spot, The beat of the line to the first mark that needed leaving to port was tricky and no race was the same, where ever you stated on the line you needed to have some speed on Starboard so that when you did tack you could be lucky to not only get a nice lift on port but the breeze also stayed with you , as I say tricky .
Race two and three and Keith had it sussed and took 2 bullitts followed by a second and then another first, very consistant sailing indeed, Rob Wilson 97 did not seem his usual ruthless self in the light winds, and Chris graves very kindly lent his boat to a visitor Neil who is working locally and decided to pay us a visit and help out with the scoring , Many thanks Neil.
All in all a good mornings racing although tricky winds played there part, at this time of year the club has in the past had other factors such as weed playing there part but here we are in August and the lake is in fantastic condition and I for one did not get hampered by the little green stuff , testament to the measures being taken by the club.
Many thanks to all the helpers to get stuff sorted at the end, Just before i go ,, it was nice to See Mick Cooper at the lake, but he will be away for a while having a new knee , we all wish him well with it and look forward to seeing his yellow peril back at the lake very soon. Very well done to Keith for an emphatic win, the next round in the seres is 15th August when we hope for a better turnout, it will of course be the final time for those going to the Nationals in Fleetwood to fine tune .