July 26 th

It was warm, sunny with a pleasant F3-4 wind, conditions were looking good for the third Sunday of sailing.

Eleven boats launched for what were the best sailing conditions this year.

The race team were to be kept busy with a change of course, a drifting mark and a few capsizes to deal with, all of which were dealt with fittingly.

Pawal blasting upwind

The wind shifted just before the start of race one which saw Phil (Contender) and Steve (Europe) first to realise it was a fetch to the windward mark whereas several others had pointed considerably higher for a while before realising and ending up broad reaching to it. Phil and Steve rounded the mark first followed by Richard (300) and Simon & Bruce, aka Team Beckett (400).

Team Beckett make their way downwind

Due to the wind change the race team decided to shorten the race after the first lap which Steve looked to have in the bag but a death roll about 100 metres from the line denied him of that. Phil crossed the line first closely followed by the 300 & 400. On corrected time Dave (Laser) pipped Phil by four seconds for first place with Richard third.

Kristof goes cruising during race two

After a change of course race two got underway. Dave and Richard  port tacked the fleet and rounded the windward mark first closely followed by Team Beckett. Richard took the lead on lap two and Phil recovered from a slow start overtaking Dave on lap four. Conditions were good with some great off wind legs riding the waves. Richard opened up a small lead to finish first with Phil second. On corrected time Dave took the race with Steve in second and Richard third again.

Many thanks to Lorna, Phil & Nick for a great, if a bit tiring day.

Full results here