It was a bag of mixed weather for Act 5 of the Summer series. There was an offshore wind which shifted between SW and W, thankfully it eventually settled for W-ish, give or take 10 degrees ! The skies were overcast most of the day, resulting in short periods of sunshine but most of the time it was 50 shades of grey cloud, some of which looked fully loaded but we luckily escaped any downpours
The D-One’s were well represented with three boats plus a mixture of others from ‘Team Ed’ in a Spitfire to Don, opting to sail the club Solution.
The wind swung to the SW for race one making for a slightly one sided beat. There were some big gusts which, coupled with the big shifts caught a few people out resulting in a few capsizes. The two 400’s led the fleet eventually opening up a good lead at the finish. Don had a good first lap almost keeping pace with the D-One’s and splitting the 400’s on corrected time with Dave & John first, Don second and Richard & Robyn third.
The wind had settled to a west-ish direction for race two although it had become lighter. Team Ed soon led the fleet, steady opening up a good lead by the finish line. After lap one Dave & John held a three second lead over Nick (D-One) , the gap remained close for the next four laps with the former crossing the line just ahead. On corrected time Nick won with the two 400’s second and third.
The wind picked up a tad for the final race of the day. With Team Ed speeding ahead and Dave & John and Nick battling for second place, it was a similar scenario as race two, although Dave & John managed to open up a small gap by the finish. On corrected time 4 seconds separated the first two boats with Nick winning another race, Dave & John second and Richard & Robyn third.
Thanks to the race team for a testing days sailing with variety of conditions and to Chef Brown, fresh back from Italy who was back in control of the ‘galley’ serving up a variety of pies (but no pizza !)
Results and pictures available via the club website.
Pictures – GYGSC’s albums | Flickr
Full results – http://www.gygsc.org.uk/Results/2022/2022Summer.htm