As I arrived around 0915 only three skippers were in attendance and there was very little wind, I thought maybe the skippers had seen the forecast and stayed home, but gradually cars started coming up the drive and the chat seemed to centre around Emma Raducano ( sorry if spelled wrong ) and most had stayed up late to see the wonder kid win the tennis, she is only 18, so very well done.
Not a lot of breeze and Pete Walters took control of the OOD’s duties and set a good course on the East bank after Roger Bowtle had got all the gear out , boat launched and board at the end of the lane, well done to both of you. As expected it was a tad ziggy zaggy due to the wind condition and direction, but we coped with it very well, what did not help was a little bit of floaty green stuff , probably the wort we have had all year and with the absence of wind &^%$£”$$)9.
We also saw a brand new IOM and a wafer thin RG 65 at the lake, so onto the racing, Roger B 448 got of to a great start and won the first race with usual suspects Jen H 69and Peter W 678 taking second and third, race two had Mick C 46 taking the bullitt and the following through with a win in race three, race 4 had Pete C 110 pinch it from Pete with Mick C taking 3rd spot. with the green stuff , you were either lucky or you were not but I have to say I dont think it affected the results to much, as they say the cream always rises to the top. While the fleet is allways improving we must always try and find some consistancy in our race’s and while the elements may play a part it is consistancy that will get you to the top.
Getting the boat trim set up right in the first place will help you enormously, but finding your qickest way around the course is key, I would like to commend Geoff S 580 for two great results , a first and a third and I hope Geoff you can learn from those results and gradually move up the fleet, if just one of those 12th places could be converted to a 5th you would have finished above half way so well done mate. “The more I practice the better I get ” is a motto I have heard before .
Congratulation to Pete Cogill for the win , and many thank to all who helped make it a very pleasant morning