7th July Summer Act 3

A song by Crowded House summed up the weather on Sunday – ‘Four Seasons in one day’………. although the summer element was rather short lived.

There were thirteen boats on the water comprising of eight different classes, ranging from a Minisail to RS400’s

A Shifty and gusty wind from the SW provided some tricky conditions, particularly for the asymmetrics on the downwind legs. Race one started with the last of the flood tide. Race two ended with the start of the ebb flood.

Milling around before racing

The four two-man boats, 3 x RS400’s and visitors Mike & Harry, sailing a Hornet enjoyed three close races with each leading at some point during the day.

In race one, Team Custard led after lap one. However, the Hornet took the lead in the final lap to cross the line first. The Hornet took the lead in race two but Team Custard took the lead on lap two and crossed the line first. Fuelled with their success in race two, Team Custard led from start to finish in race three.

Racing starts

New member Mark, sailing a Phantom led the chasing pack of singlehanders and was never far behind the two-man boats. Carl (Minisail), Steve (Europe) and Ed (Laser Radial) had two close races with sometimes only thirty seconds separating them during the first two races.

On corrected time the Minisail proved that older class boats can still cut the mustard winning the first two races with Mike & Harry winning the final race.

The two-man boats split at the leeward gate

On return the shore there was a little surf action which provided some entertainment for some.

Once everyone was safely ashore there was a short lightning storm just south of Gorleston. As we pulled the boats round to the dinghy park the temperature dropped, the heavens opened and delivered a torrential hailstorm.

Big thanks to the race team for a great course and a great days sailing.

Once everyone had changed and dried out, Chef Brown and Team served a tasty cooked meal which proved very welcome by all.

Full results are on the club web site

Summer series

Photos on the club Flickr site


Race winners – Carl and Mike & Harry