Saturday’s programme had been geared around Push The Boat Out and started with Long Series class racing followed by the Calvert Trust Pennant. Conditions were challenging for the Fifteens and marginal for the centreboard boats.
Before Race 1 had started there were three boats over. Paul brought the Radial straight back ashore and Ethan capsized the 600 on the start line. Jon’s radial went head to wind at the windward mark, but he was in good company as Ian/Lezlie Ann had a boat load of trouble attempting their rounding. These problems left Rory/Eleanor James with a good lead and first on the water in the Fifteens and allowed Peter Whipp to do likewise in the Handicap Class.
Jon and Paul called it a day but Jim & Poppy plus Val & Ken took their places for the Pennant which was wisely kept North of Scarness with a course 0-6-3.
This time it was Peter Winfindale’s Radial which was left inverted at the start and Bob brought his in. Mike Hunter later did likewise having been the first non- Fifteen early on.
Doubtless with Sandra’s Salver in mind AJ/Sue in the FF had a peach of a start and were second to Ian/Lal at the windward mark. But Ian found the opposing winds at 6 difficult to read and Rory/Eleanor were away in the lead. Val & Ken kept their kite up on the next tight reach and crashed in on a screaming plane – but they sorted things out and continued. Jim & Poppy were finding the Wanderer difficult to tack in the heavy conditions but were classified as a finisher.