Spring Series 7th May

There was a light haze over the sea at the start to the day with little wind

Nine boats were rigged and ready and patiently awaited the race team to give the ok to launch once the wind filled a bit, although two crews opted not to rig their boats.

Ghost ship !

Quite a mix of classes ranging from Ed’s new toy, an A Class cat and Steve’s pocket rocket Europe. Fortunately the wind slowly picked up during the day to a F3 which produced three different race winners

Race 1 start

Race 1

F1-2 from the SE and a flood tide offshore, although little inshore.

Phil, back from competing in a RS700 event on the south coast led the fleet with Ed close behind.

Rounding the windward mark

It was pretty close mid fleet with Nick (Phantom) leading the two RS400’S for the entire race holding off Simon & Bruce by a few seconds across the line. However Steve, sailing his Europe managed to stay enough to win on corrected time with Dave (Vareo) second and Nick third.

Race 2 start


F2 from the SE, the last remains of the flood offshore and slack inshore, turning near the end of the race.

Phil led again but Simon and Bruce (RS400) were in close pursuit. After three laps these two had opened up quite a lead with Nick leading the rest. However, honours went to the ‘slower’ boats with Dave first, Steve second and Richard (Solution) in third.

Richard appears to have taken some downwind advice from a certain Contender sailor


The best wind of the day as the wind increased to a F3. The Ebb tide now present. This obviously suited Phil as he did a horizon job on the rest of the fleet taking both line honours and a win on corrected time. Crossing the line second and despite finishing over five minutes ahead of the next boat Simon & Bruce had to settle for fourth with Steve claiming second on corrected time and Dave third.

Good luck to Steve next week when he attends the Europe Inland Championship at Grafham Water.

Thanks to the race team for their patience, great course and a fine days racing.

Results are on the club site http://www.gygsc.org.uk/Results/2023/2023Spring.htm

Pictures are on Flick https://www.flickr.com/photos/gygsc/albums