Night Jar B3
A dry and warm evening with a light SW wind greeted competitors with the added bonus that a line had been set with the Bates on its end and safety boat all ready to go at 6.15pm. This was thanks to Neil who had already returned ashore to muster his trainees.
The RO decided to keep competitors out of the potential wind shadow with a course of B-3-5 with B near 9 but further into the Lake and the start line just upwind of 5. Eleven boats started although the FF of Eric Guillois / Chris Brooks was some five minutes late. The main start was followed by five Toppers in the Training Fleet.
After rounding the windward mark three boats opened up a gap, Dave & Lynn Lawson’s GP holding a slender lead from Mike & Joan Cowan’s 200 and Jim Christie’s Supernova. All competing boats, plus the trainees on a shortened course, completed lap one before the wind suddenly died leaving the RO to abandon the second lap and use first lap times to work out results.
Concerns have been raised about the results of Night Jar 3 being published when it had been abandoned by the race officer. Results were calculated using timings from the first lap but as, regrettably, Sailing rules do not allow this a decision has been made by the Sailing Committee to remove the race from the series