Another 8 boat day last Sunday – ok, so not all at the same time, but we had seven FF’s out in the morning with Ian and Sophia Bland joining the fleet in 3384 Let’s Cruise, and an eighth turning out in the afternoon to make it 3 FF’s in the Sunday pm racing. I again heard several comments around the club to the effect of ‘how nice it is to see so many of one class out’ – so let’s keep it up.
The first race was very tight between Richard/ Howard and Mike/ Phil (a few feet in it at the end), after pretty much the whole fleet kept coming together and separating all the way round. The second race demonstrated again how good Mike F is at getting away from everyone when they’re not looking. They are beginning to creep up the series leaderboard, together with Mike C and Peter who must have polished their hull in the past month or two.
Apparently this was Sophia’s first outing and the Blands were ‘not really racing’ – which brings the words ‘dark’ and ‘horse’ to my mind as they were going very well. Also, Eija Brant (Mrs Trevor) picked up spinnaker skills very fast in her first time out in a FF in a fresh breeze on the figure of eight course used for the Sunday pm racing. Now I see why daughter Hanna is an Olympic hopeful!