The forecast was for a very wet and windy day, in fact so much so that general sailing was cancelled for the day and only racing was planned to go ahead.
But despite the mornings foul weather, 7 hardy (or is that foolhardy? Ed.) racers turned up to race, and their keenness was rewarded, as the forecast for the afternoon (no more rain and less wind) was totally accurate.
As he wasn’t in attendance, we don’t have the usual ‘riveting’ report from our regular race journalist. So unfortunately this weeks report is much shorter. But I do have 2 incidents from the race start, that I feel worthy of comment…
To set the scene; with the wind coming from the west, the start line was set between the 303 pontoon and mark K.
1). With just seconds to go until their start, 2 of the Liberty’s (who’s helmsmen will remain unnamed!) were heading at speed towards the pontoon end of the line…(where the race control boat was slowly backing away, into the small gap between the 2 pontoons!!. Ed). Realising that he was too early for his start time, the Liberty nearest the line decided to gybe around, forcing the leeward boat to also gybe in order to avoid a collision.
Note to the helm: One of the rules of sailing, is that, with 2 boats on the same tack, the windward boat is the give way boat. So next time, tack instead of gybing, then drop back over the line and start.
2). At the other end of the start line, a late starting single-handed 303 (sailed by a volunteer) on starboard tack, was aiming to cut just inside of mark K. Unfortunately one of the Liberty’s, manoeuvring around waiting for his start time, was also heading towards mark K, on port tack, so on a collision course!! The 303 had to take avoiding action by tacking, which meant totally missing the start line.
Note to the Liberty helm: The first rule for when boats meet is that Starboard tack has right of way!!
Anyway, on to the results, which were:
1. Kim Sparkes; 2. eter Gregory; 3. Peter Wagner; 4. Fay Watson; 5. Mike Blatchford; 6. Paul; 7. Bill Garry;