Dampened Enthusiasm

Some light airs on a wet afternoon were just enough to tempt four boats to the water for the next race in the long MG series. The official starter, aka Herb, opted to have a shore start to minimise exposure to the rain showers.

The handicap fleet comprised Dave L in a Laser and Mike F in his Streaker, and they have a keen, clean start. AJ/Sue and Nigel/Glenys in the GPs also had a clear start, though it wasn’t quite as keen!

The light airs lasted long enough to complete the first lap, just, so the race was shortened and a show of hands (or lack of them), brought racing to the end for the day.

Dave took the honours in the Handicap fleet, and AJ in the GPs.

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Sunday started with a light southerly, though with the wind forecast to come from the SW the OD fully expected the wind to swing around Sale Fell and cause some light patches until the true wind settled in.

There was a good turnout of 21 boats over all four fleets, and although the wind was swinging, with some holes, most boats were on the second lap before the wind disappeared. Various zephyrs teased the boats along the course which was shortened 2/3rds around the second lap. Bean/Oliver noticed where the course was being shortened without losing too much ground as they were heading for the wrong mark, but it would be another half hour before Mik finished. Dave/Lyn won the GPs, and Ian/Lezli-Ann regained the lead to win in the F15s. Zefer in his Laser won the Handicap fleet 30secs ahead of Robin/Erin in a RS200.

The wind didn’t look at all promising during the lunch break, but suddenly filled in from the North so the committee boat went out to set a start as the wind started to swing to the NW. The wind held, but continued to swing more to the West (no, not the first sea breeze of the season!).

There were only two fleets racing; Dave/Lynn won in the GPs and Alex/Olivia took their first win of the season in the Handicap fleet ahead of Mike F in a Solo, whose crewed had jumped ship over lunch due to the lack of wind.

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