Unfortunately the wind blew more from the East than the South East, that gave the 10 skippers quite a challenge ahead of them, it did blow about 12mph though with some 90degree gusts up to 18mph and some snow flurries to add to the fun.
With 6 RG65s and 4 DF65s taking to the start it was a good fleet although more was hoped for. Maybe a mixture of the rugby, the freezing weather or Malta had kept a few away but still, we had fun in the snow.
Everybody chose their middle rig to start and this seemed to be the correct choice with big holes in the wind. A long course was set with a nice gate at the leeward end and a finish in the middle.
Early pace setters were, Taylor from Scotland, Elliott and Baldwin sailing RGs and Lincoln sailing his DF. The wind was at best an enigma to all and made the most experienced skippers looked stupid at times, good old Birkenhead pox as Paul Jones would call it.
Race winners were John Taylor, Dave Williams and Graham Elliott with Roger Lincoln winning the DF race and Graham Elliott winning the RG race overall. 14 completed long races and no on water incidents all day, just cold fingers.
Thanks to our resident double act of Jack and Bernie for running the entire race and making tea in the freezing conditions.
- Graham Elliott 12Pts
- John Taylor 30
- Damian Ackroyd 42
- Peter Baldwin 43
- Dave Williams 61
- Roger Lincoln 66 (DF65)
- Alan Watkinson 83 (DF65)
- Andrew Peter 87 (DF65)
- John Brierley 88
- Sally Collings 107 (DF65)
14 races sailed