Wow after the horrible weather the country has had these last few days , we were rewarded with perfect condition for this last round of the series, even the temperature was in double figures.. Before the start Mick C 46 had some misfortune when his Boat smashed into one of the jetty’s damaging both rig and jib , so for the rest of the morning he sailed with a B suit.
The racing was first class , breeze straight down the East bank, two long beats and runs and a shorter beat to the finish. We welcomed new member Richard 699, and as always it is a steep learning curve , and the first time his boat hit the water, a few things were perhaps not as they should be, But he enjoyed his morning and will have learned and taken in some great advice.
First race up and Rob W 97 newly converted to the DF clan took 2nd place from Pete W 678 , and you just knew this was a battle that will run and run. and you could not call the end result .The breeze was steady and not so fluky , probably for the most part 80 % of top rig , sometimes more, Jen H 69 took race two, and was not going to be shouldered out, and had some great results early on, Gordon B 38 great to see him out racing got a great 3rd in the first race, Colin H 169 who had a rapid sail change ( thanks to Jen ) just before the start, and he was certainly coming into his own in the DF fleet , you will see more of colin at the top end , just wait and see, Clarky 537 was struggling today but he will also be back with a few better tactical decisions.
The wind went light after race 6 , but this will go down as a great day of racing 12 skippers out and we still have a lot missing.
Our thanks go to OOD’s for getting it all sorted and very well done to Rob W 97 for his win, in Pete Websters old boat, tight margins 1point .
This was the last of the Winter series and the new Summer series will start probably in April after the big TT event at the club on the 1st and 2nd .
We hope to see you on the start line