A quick summary of todays sailing down at ‘the beach’
With many regulars away it was a somewhat depleted fleet that left the shore. With a warm F3-4 from the SW and a flood tide it had the makings of a good days sailing. Crewless Tom C was so desperate to sail he was seen in one of the club Lasers !
Race one got underway with the entire fleet very line shy ! Most stayed offshore maximising the tide and despite a late start David B sailing his Shadow was first at the windward mark closely followed by Phil A in his Contender. Without mentioning any names there was some very strange tactics by some at the leeward gate with one boat rounding neither the mark or the committee boat and another rounding the mark the wrong way despite following close behind others who had rounded correctly ! Phil and Lorna in their 400 were going well until their ‘wing wang’ broke making downwind legs very slow. On corrected time David B just beat Phil A with Phil and Lorna managing to hold on to third place.
By the time race two got underway the wind had increased to F4-5 with some decent waves to make the downwind legs interesting! Team Nick sailing their 59ER almost pulled off a port hand flyer but were slightly late to the line resulting in them having to duck a couple of boats. Unsurprisingly the two Cats were first to the windward mark. David B rounding just ahead of David and Steve in their Hobie Tiger. There were a few capsizes in the dinghy fleet but Phil A managed to keep the mast vertical and led the dinghies home. On corrected time Phil managed to separate the two cats on corrected time with David B getting his second bullet.
With the wind strengthening and the sea getting ‘bigger’ it was decided to call it a day and head back to shore. Thanks to Andy and Christine in the rescue boat who were kept busy.
Congratulations to the GYGSC D-One fleet who attended their Nationals at Torquay this weekend. Chris finishing 2nd, Martin 5th and Ben 9th