One of Those Days
With a forecast of light winds from the north east again, to be greeted with a light southerly was somewhat daunting. The opposing winds would affect sailing all morning, and after three attempts to set a start line racing finally got underway, even though the first beat turned into a fetch! The opposing winds created calm patches around the course, and various boats even had to tack occasionally!
With only Joan/Jack in their RS200 and Ian/Elaine in a F15 in the handicap fleet, Joan mastered the conditions, beating Ian across the line and winning the race.
Val/Ken took the lead in the GPs after Mike/Alan (Waugh) had a bad shift (as he put it), and they didn’t let it go. After a tussle with Hugh/Rachel, Mike secured 2nd place.
The afternoon pennant race is typically sailed around the lake, and although the Hardies were disappointed to note racing was being kept in the northern bay, the conditions never improved to a level that would have seen the fleet return from around the lake before the end of the Mens’ singles final!
There was a late shift of the wind direction, and another revision to the course, as a hint of a sea breeze came in. Mike/Alan took an early lead, but the wind faded later and swung back to the forecast north easterly, and the Hardies took the lead. Val/Ken broke through to 2nd finishing moments ahead of Ian/Elaine. On fleet handicap, Val won, with Mike 2nd.
Sue Watson rushed from work to try and regain the lead in Sandra’s Salver, which proved worthwhile.
If conditions seemed challenging at Bass spare a thought for those 200+ boats drifting at Ullswater in the Lord Birkett. Many Bass boats thought better of it and retired while they were not too far from the beaching position, but others persevered for up to 4 hours! Overnight Dave/Lynn were lying 2nd with Bean/Naomi 13th. The final results showed that Dave/Lynn finished 3rd, Phil/Naomi, 4th, Pete Lawson 21st and Scumper 25th as well as several other members.
Keith Thomas has provided the following pics of our top finishers, who lasted the full course!