With an offshore breeze it was always likely to be a day of shifty and gusty winds , and that proved to be the case. Nine boats launched in sunshine and a very flat sea, with a mix of seven different classes. Ed launched the latest addition to his fleet, a Spitfire Cat choosing to spend the day cruising. The race team set a large windward/leeward course with the windward mark positioned offshore of the café.
Race one, David Brief (Shadow) led the fleet closely followed by the 700 of Phil and the 800 of Jamie & Will. Behind was a collection of 400’s and a 500 but leading them was Chris Sallis in his D-One. The Shadow built up a good lead eventually lapping some boats however, on corrected time Chris just pipped David by a few seconds
Race two, the 700 led after the first lap with the Shadow and 800 close behind. Dave & John (400) held a short lead over the rest of the fleet. After the second lap the Shadow had taken the lead and Chris had overtaken Dave & John. On the third lap Richard and Robyn (400) had the perfect beat to round the windward mark just ahead of Chris and Dave & John. However, these positions were reversed the next lap and with the leading group not too far ahead these three claimed the podium places on corrected time.
Race three, the race team did a very efficient course change as the wind moved a tad to the North. Despite a larger course things were close rounding the windward mark on the first lap. The fleet split downwind with those choosing to go left appearing to benefit. At the line Chris was close to the faster boats to claim a good win, making it three out of three.
Race four, with a few teams choosing to go ashore it was a depleted fleet for the bonus race. The 700 and 800 had a close battle for the lead with only two seconds separating them after the first lap and again at the line. On corrected time the 700 pipped the 400 of Richard & Robyn by a few seconds with the 500 of Anna & Keith third. By the time the fleet headed ashore the sunshine had ended, replaced by some very grey clouds making it feel decidedly autumnal.
Many thanks to the race team of Richard, Doug and young Ed for a great days sailing. Full results on the club website
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