With the arrival of British Summer Time the sun was shining again, but there was no wind on the lake! However, the wind soon filled in from the west for some great sailing conditions to start the 2018 season.
Despite having had four months to prepare it seems that some people weren’t quite ready. John Reekie got his boat ready only to realise his rudder was still at home, so he didn’t make the first start. Mike and Kayla weren’t quite ready either, so they had the morning off finalising the boat.
14 boats did make it to the start line for some challenging racing in a two race series competing for the Starter’s Prize. While Steve and Ruth found the beats shifty and unpredictable, Scumper was disappointed to find that the wind died on him every time he rounded the windward mark! Steve and Ruth took a big enough lead to win the morning race with second going to Bean and Naomi who sailed most consistently, taking winning position in the afternoon, and the series trophy. With a 4th and a 2nd, Zefer finished 2nd overall, with Steve 3rd.
Neil Garrison took the honours in terms of being the first to capsize this season, but he wasn’t to be the only one. Bob Gate took a long dip before the start of the second race, and despite the benefit of a wet suit a long hot shower was on the cards. Finally Jim and granddaughter Poppy had to demonstrate their swimming skills!
New members James and Jennie Macgregor had gear failure that resulted in their main slipping down during the first race, so they had to make an early exit.
Despite the frustrations for some, a good start to the season. Here’s to a good one!