It was a light wind last week, but it was even lighter this morning! Last week James used four letters (No – not that four!) and this week Mike T used three letter and one number making an extended rounding of Number 5 before returning through the traditional start line. Next week it may well be a circuit of the outer start line mark!
There were 12 drifters out for this race and with only 35 minutes to go it was not surprising that the faster handicap later starting boats did not catch the early starters, although Rhys and Chris K in their Lasers did get past Chris H/Comet, despite Chris sporting a crisp looking new sail. Rhys has joined James in the black sail gang, perhaps the black absorbs energy from the sun like mobile solar panels?
At the gun Mike C/Solo led from Aileen/Comet and Roland/Solo and with Rhys 4th and Chris K 5th. Chris H was next just in front of black sail James followed by Nigel/Laser and Newton & Sam/RS200. Next was Ron, usually much further up the order in a light wind, but he is still working off the Christmas puddings! Behind him were Hilary/Radial and Paul W & Robin/Morbic.
Thomas and Lucy M in Radials joined the fleet for the second race and notably Alessandro in his smart new Aero.
Unfortunately, the wind was still largely absent, and it became a one lap race with the fleet split into small groups.
First back across the line was Chris H who had obviously got to grips with his new sail. Then two minutes later Mike C crossed just in front of Aileen having managed to get past her just after the last mark before the finish.
There was a gap of four minutes and Chris K just pipped Alessandro for 4th place by just one second. Newton & Sam were 6th, two minutes ahead of Rhys. Then five minutes later there was a tight group led by Roland ahead of James P, Thomas, Hilary and Lucy. Two minutes later Nigel crossed the line with Ron another two minutes later.
In the midst of the gently moving dinghies the fastest boat on the water was Paul W’s Morbic, propelled by the enthusiastic use of oars.
On corrected time the order is – 1st Chris H; 2nd Aileen; 3rd Mike C; 4th Chris K; 5th Newton & Sam; 6th Ron.
The only proviso would be if Alessandro was sailing an Aero 7 or Aero 9. If it was an Aero7 he would be 5th ahead of Newton & Sam!
Thanks to SOOD Mike Trussler and the race team of Adam & Gill Brash, Bea Primrose, Chris Sharp, Marcin Tiela and Peter Strobel.