Commodore’s Cup Race 4 – 5th May 2021

The forecast was for a 10 mph wind from the West, but when we arrived at RSC there was hardly any wind at all, and it was difficult to set a course and we wondered if there would be enough people interested in going out. Then a gentle breeze started up and dinghies came out and all looked well, but suddenly the wind got up and the rain poured down and conditions were so bad that we considered abandoning the race all together. Everyone wondered if this squall would pass and at around 18.45 it began to ease so the race was on and Mark set a first beat to 5 then 9, 4, 6, 7 and back through the start line.

There were 16 starters and at first there was quite a nice breeze, but unfortunately this dropped away and we were worried that the fleet would not even complete one lap. Eventually they managed it, but everyone received the gun at the end of the lap as the wind was completely dying.

The order on the water was –

1st Darren; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Karen; 4th Ralph; (all in Lasers) 5th Dave & Ann (Leader); 6th Dean & Nick (Vago)

On corrected time this becomes –

1st Darren; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Karen; 4th Aileen; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Chris H

Well done to Aileen for beating the Comet maestro Chris!

Also well done to all the other competitors for hanging in there despite the rapidly changing conditions, Emily, Hilary, Newton, Nigel, Phoebe, Rick, Sally.

Thanks to SOOD Mark B and the team of Frantz, Angus and Mike A.