Wild, but warm, winds whipped up some large waves, spindrift and lots of white horses which faded as the day went on, but not sufficiently to tempt more than one boat to race, therefore, racing was cancelled.
Throughout the weekend, theSupBikeRun event is being based at the club and Saturday was a practice day, especially for those new to paddle boarding. The event itself will be run tomorrow, and hopefully there’ll be some lighter winds, more suitable for racing.
Indeed, Sunday brought much better sailing weather, but boats were not rushing on to the water, so there was some silent suffering when the OD started the races on time even though not all the boats were at the start line, and those that were hadn’t watched the flags to see what was happening! As the first race was drawing to a close, the winds freshened leading to some exciting sailing conditions for the rest of the day, together with numerous capsizes. Scumper/Zefer had capsized at the end of the first race which resulted in Zefer head butting the boom, and sporting a painful lump on his forehead over lunch! Another capsize in the next race lost then some vital seconds dropping them back to 2nd place behind Peter Whipp in a Laser Radial. Scumper won the final race and the Comet Trophy.
The F15s only sailed the first race, so Mike/Kayla’s win won them the series with Tim Chittenden 2nd.
AJ had his chief coach, aka Dave Lawson, crewing for two races and secured two wins. Even with having to count a DNS, his points were equal with Val/Ken, but the tie was split in AJ’s favour winning him the Stables Prize.
All racing for this year’s club championship are now complete so the championship will be calculated and displayed here shortly.
The SupBikeRun event went well with over 160 entrants, and could tempt a few club members to take part in the future.
Also, following the recent open day, there has been an influx of new members keen to start sailing who took advantage of this weekend’s training. Although conditions were too windy to get them on the water yesterday, they all took to the water today and some had an unexpected capsize drill! Ah the joys of sailing…