Pink Fleet – April 2013
Despite the iffy weather, gusty winds and prospect of rain, 15 boats took to the water with 18 people on board, after a great breakfast cooked by Paul, thank you chef.
Spirits were high, as a lot of Pink Fleeters hadn’t been on the water since November.
Mark stood in for Ken and set a good course, having first explained the starting sequence to us all. The start was close with Mike and Sally getting away first closely followed by Alice with her full rig Laser – very brave. Dave in his Wayfarer with Sandra soon took the lead, but the top end if the fleet stayed close with Riccardo, Alice, Monica and Sally and Mike, catching each other up around 7, in the light fluky winds. In the middle of the fleet Tracey was having fun in her big boat with Samuel crewing for her and having a good race against Mike in his laser. Nigel in his Topper, Dean in his Laser were all going well.
While out in the strengthening winds saw Chris and Carol, Mike and Monica all capsizing – great rescue facilities. Chris and Carol seemed to be bailing an Olympic sized swimming pool out the back of their boat. Monica had trouble getting her boat upright and had to be towed in.
Sally was disqualified for falling in at the jetty…but the Pink Fleet cup undoubtedly went to Sandra for some great crewing and winning by a mile…..unfortunately she had left before the presentation – so Alice proudly accepted it for her amazing sailing ……” I don’t like sailing to windward….” I don’t think so!!! Well done Alice a great sail!!!!