We had 9 boats rigged and ready to go on Sunday. Unfortunately, Trevor forgot his sailing kit so only 8 started the first race. Several of us were confused at the start because the RO made a unilateral decion to use a 5 minute start sequence. This didn’t phase Richard and Howard who had only just reached the start in time for the gun anyway and carried merrily on their way to collect yet another bullet, holding off John/ Helen, and Mike C/ Peter in that order.
The second race started with John/ Helen over line at start, and a storming start for Richard/ Howard (who had worked out that it was a 5 minute sequence). The first beat saw a split in the wind pattern down the middle of the beat with those on the right side getting a 40+degree lift while those on the left (who had no shift at all!) suddenly went from first to last. Alastair and Andrew Stevenson rounded the leeward mark first but it wasn’t long before John/ Helen pulled away to win by at least half a leg at the end. Andrew showed some serious helming skills on the last reach when he kept their boat level with Mervyn/ George in a brief planing contest (only to be let down by his father’s spinnaker skills!).
Hopefully we can get into double figures next weekend!