It was a bright evening with a chilly F3 westerly wind. The OD chose 0-A-3 as the course and fifteen crews started on a heavily port biased line. John Reekie’s Solo led at the windward mark ahead of Ian/Mike in the Fifteen. Next up were John Riley/Tim Knowles making a welcome appearance in their FF.
Ethan was soon through into the lead in his 100 but Joe was somewhat further back than usual and claimed to have been struggling with varying wind strengths. The slower boats were shortened after two laps, Bob being first to finish in the Radial and then Katia who was in a Club Mirror as her own was being repaired following last week’s major capsize. They were followed by Paul’s Topper. Then came those on three laps led by Ethan and Ian/Mike.
Surprisingly many of the lead boats headed for the port pin and Val & Ken were the first to spot that a tack over the line was the quicker option. Rory did this in style capsizing next to the Bates but fortunately not damaging his rig.
Then back for a lavish meal which chef Neil had seemingly been preparing for hours