It was good to get back on the water after missing a couple of weeks due to the strong winds. And with the forecast earlier in the week predicting 20+ mph winds it was nice to start the day with light winds and bright sunshine.
In race one the RS700’s led the fleet round the windward mark with Curtis ahead of Phil, a sure sign that Curtis was getting the feel of the boat. However, Phil managed to take the lead on the way back to the leeward gate. Nick, back in his Phantom headed the rest of the fleet.
Conditions were constantly changing during the race with the wind strength changing constantly and a mixture and sunshine and periods of rain. After three laps Phil and Nick had pulled clear ahead of the others and were rewarded with an additional lap!
On corrected time Nick had kept the Phantom close enough to Phil to take first, Phil second and David, sailing his Solution in third.
The RS700’s were again leading at the windward mark in race two but this time Phil was just ahead of Curtis followed by Nick and Tom & Will in their 505. On lap two Phil slipped clear ahead eventually crossing the line over a minute ahead of Nick. The wind was still changeable with several gusts to test everyone’s concentration. On the final lap Curtis and Dave caught a belter resulting in some synchronised capsizing. Pawal was flying at times in his Sprint and felt he must have broken his own speed record.
Once again many thanks to Phil and Lorna for running the days activities.
Next week will be the final sail of what has been a strange season for everyone. The forecast is looking good with a very manageable F3 from the south. The series is currently led by Mark and Richard in Lasers with a Solution, Contender, 505 and D-One just a few points behind so all to play for plus the EOS trophy.