Again, it was a warm and sunny last Thursday evening with enough wind to keep all boats moving. Race Officer John Crosbie set a line on the beat from A to 0 with the remaining legs being a beam reach to 1, a run to B and a tighter reach to A.
But, the wind swung North! Kath Davis/Glenys Kett got their GP’s kite ready to launch when past the inner mark – but forgot the opposition! Paul & Vicki Bowmer, with much “luff up”ping forced them the wrong side of the pin!
Somewhere down the middle of the line Joan & Jack Hardie were away and starting to pull out a huge lead by the time they reached 1. Paul/Vicki and Tim Knowles/Martin Statter’s FF led the pursuing pack.
There was a fair bit of head scratching on the Bates as the training boats had joined in the race to give trainees experience of starting. The trouble was, once started, some wanted to abandon further training and race to the finish! Pam Bath in her Mirror was one of these and was sailing well above her handicap.
The wind returned to West and held, allowing the faster boats to complete three laps. Then it was back to the Clubhouse for yet another super meal from Sue Watson.
FH Results gave the win to Joan & Jack in their 200. Paul & Vicki were second in the GP and Val Bell third in the Solo. Calculation on a personal handicap basis eventually hailed Pam Bath as the winner with Joan 2nd.
An especially good evening if you were a lady helm or crew!