A busy bank holiday weekend with the Tera Northerns and Catapult Open running alongside club racing On Saturday the weather was blustery, cold, and drizzly but it didn’t put off many of the visiting Teras or Catapults from venturing out.
There were various capsizes throughout the afternoon in Teras and club boats, because not many opted to continue on after getting upright.
Sunday started with the tail end of a wet stormy night, and despite the stronger, gustier winds, the Teras were back on the water for their 4th race. Numerous capsizes later, they came ashore for lunch before returning to the water for the final two races, by which time the rain had stopped and the wind abated.
At the end of the championship it was the Rastrick brothers from Ripon that took the honours in both fleets – Henry winning the Pro fleet, and Jamie the Sport fleet.
After a problematic and aborted start in the morning, club and Catapult racing followed in the afternoon. The wind continued to ease, and swing around Sale Fell, which cast various shadows on the course for the 1st race. For the 2nd race, the wind had swung to the SW, but there were major shifts for the sailors to contend with affecting leads dramatically.
After some close, competitive racing the overnight leaders are Simon/Jon in the F15s, Phil/Naomi in the fast handicap, Dave/Lynn in the GPs, and Hazel in the slow handicap fleet.
Bank Holiday Monday was pleasantly bright, dry and milder, but there was still a good wind to offer thrills and spills to competitors and spectators alike.
The Catapults had one final race which determined the overall winner as John Terry from Gareth Ede from Yorkshire Dales after splitting the tie on points by the position in the final race.
In club racing there were a couple of notable capsizes in the Mirrors – Rob Smith leapt to save niece Lily from falling out of the boat causing them to capsize, whereas Mik’s capsize and subsequent retirement was enough to win him the Peel Pot series.
In the F15s, Simon/Jon successfully held Neil/Rory at bay in the last race to win the Jak Pot. Phil/Naomi continued to master the fast handicap fleet, with three 1sts and a 2nd to Scumper in the last race, winning the May Holiday Trophy. Dave/Lynn took all four 1sts in the GPs to win the Lyne Tankard with Mike/Eric 2nd