What a fflurry of activity last Sunday! 8 boats on the water and John/ Helen putting their keel back on after returning from the summer circuit and re-weighing their boat. It was Fairweather Series weekend so points counted to that as well as the Summer Series (and of course the Fleet Championship).
The wind was very fickle – but at least there was (at times) more than the forecast of 5 kts. Ian and James returned to show us how it is done – coming from a bad start to win the first race – before packing up to go to Poole Week. We should really have disqualified them as it turned out after the race that they had an extra bit of equipment on board – a beach tent from Morgan Crozat… They were followed by Richard and Howard (who pipped Mervyn/ George to the post by 10cm according to the RO).
Some were lulled into a false sense of confidence at the start of the second race by the wind picking up, only to drop away completely just before the gun which led to at least 2 boats not crossing the line until 2 minutes after the start. However, we all managed to get round and some learned new expletives along the way as the wind came and went. This time it was Richard and Howard who were first over the line but overtaken on handicap by Mike Clapp and Peter. Mike Firth finished third (on his own, having declared that Commodore Tinsley was too heavy to carry around in that wind).
I suspect this will have consolidated existing positions in the series and as soon as Roger has had a chance to sprinkle his fairy dust over the Fairweather Series results I’ll send them out
The planned (and much needed!) starting practice was reduced to an exchange of notes over lunch as nobody had the enthusiasm to submit themselves to more frustration. It will be rescheduled so watch this space.