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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 .
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.