Well perhaps they *were* saving their energies for today. What a great day! Lovely weather, 11 boats out and some exciting racing. And that with two of our regulars away. Can we hope to have double figures racing soon?
The first race was a classic tussle between 4 old regulars in Comets. Neck and neck all the way with three different leaders and the winner, starting 4th, only gaining the lead half way round the last of 5 laps
The second brought even more gusty conditions and sent a couple of us swimming. Richard joining us in his Laser led from the start and finished a lap ahead (a minute and a half on corrected time) with new sailor Dennis coming second in his old Firebird.
Only four of us were still up for the third race. Again a tight chase with Richard eventually managing to finish a minute and a half ahead on the water, but not enogh to beat Don on corrected times.
Well, Richard did his best and gave us plenty of tips for rigging, tuning and racing. An interesting morning to prepare us for the exciting conditions of the afternoon races.
But I was not to be deflected from my aim to baptise the whole club! Two in one day! A new record for Don's Ducks. Just a pity it cost me my leading place in the second race.
Respect to Mike, only in his second year of sailing, but keeping his Laser up (and leading the race) in some very testing conditions (for the second weekend in a month), while much more experienced helms are taking swims all around.
Richard is due to do his seesion on racing techniques. This morning will concentrate on rigging and tuning tips. The wind is forecast moderate W 4 - so it might actually be useful to know how to make the boat a bit more controllable !