Great conditions at Lincoln for round 11, Dave R 57 and Pete H plus Mick C 46 were there early to survey the South bank to check for any growing weed , The breeze was from the South East and if poss we needed to sail the South bank. After inspection the coast was clear no green stuff in sight and Dave procced to set the course. Twelve skippers showed up, one of the better turnouts just lately, which was promising, breeze started about 60/70 percent of A rig and as the morning progressed it increased a tad.
Dave R 57 was fast out of the blocks taking the first Bullet, with Kevin E 20 with his Pikanto taking 2nd and Pete C 110 pulling 3rd. We have got into the habit, of sharing duties watching the start line, it can be difficult trying to spot who is over whilst trying to get a good start your self, the second race Dave R 57 did the honours and did himself no favors getting stuck in the melee and not able to recover scoring his worst result of the day, Pete W 65 showed true class in sailing away from the fleet to clear victory, and Mick Cooper 39 popping up in a well deserved 3rd place. It was most surprising to see only Two Brit Pops in the fleet and 8 different designs , we did have a couple of skippers away at the ranking in West Kirby and one way down south in Australia, so we could have had quite a large fleet,
At Coffee break we were shown the workings of our new Defibrillator, that has been purchased with thanks to the membership who dug deep so that we could afford this expensive piece of kit, that we all hope we will never have to use, Mike Williams gave us all a run thru , and the unit will be very well looked after, and available at the club when we have activities there.
Back to the racing , and a suggestion to give 3 skippers a little head start by starting on the 30 second sound , Greg C 21 took full advantage and got a cracking start and ended the race in second position in race 5 , it was tried in a couple of races and the jury is out about how we can help the not so knowledgeable skippers to enjoy their racing a bit more, but I fear this may not be the answer, and I am sure the debate will go on, Mick Cooper 39 had a great day with some good results, but he would do well to try and get a little more consistency in his races , Pete 65 and Dave R 57 sailed as usual brilliantly, but at the end of the morning that old bloke Mick C 46 stole it, after a shaky start,. We had a few spots of rain and the racing was held in a great spirit.
very well done to all who helped with a bit of raking at the start and helping to get all the gear stowed away
Well done Mick C 46