It was the second act of the Summer series and after a couple of weeks of lovely weather it had turned a little cooler. The F3-4 wind was offshore with some big gusts and big shifts, particularly when approaching the windward mark but the sea remained relatively flat all day.
Nine boats made it to the beach but one decided to watch how the others got on in race one before setting off……. and remained on shore for the rest of the day.
Eight boats made it to the water but Phil managed to get some stones in his Contender’s centreboard casing which resulted in a jammed centreboard.
Seven boats made it to the start line. Adam & Jordan soon sprinted into the lead in their RS400. Steve, in the ‘pocket rocket’ led the fleet of single handers with Dave and Nathan, both in Lasers, one second apart after lap one. Jamie suffered a capsize in his recently acquired Contender which resulted in an early return to shore.
Six boats finished with Nathan winning on corrected time in his Laser 4.7 and Dave second in the club Laser Radial, five seconds ahead of the ‘pocket rocket’.
Five boats started race two. Adam & Jordan again sailed away leaving Steve to lead the ‘all Laser’ chasing pack. The wind was varying from F2 to F5 so everyone had to be alert. Steve opened up a good lead on the Lasers by the finish to win on corrected time with Nathan second.
Four boats started the final race which was a shorter two lapper. Adam & Jordan had another solitary race ahead of the fleet, The ‘pocket rocket’ was enjoying the conditions and led the rest of the fleet home winning on corrected time with Nathan second and Adam & Jordan third.
There were a lot of tired sailors at the end of the day, some more tired than others !
Thanks to the race team for a great days sailing in some testing conditions.
Results are on the club site http://www.gygsc.org.uk/Results/2023/2023Summer.htm