After a 7 week break due to high algae levels, Sailing at the lake restarted for the RG and DF65 fleets after a lake and clubhouse tidy. Thanks go to all those who turned out to get the club into reasonable shape.
The weather forecasts during the week had looked very promising with at least 10mph straight down the lake, but the weather gods had other ideas and a patchy, light generally westerly (but anywhere from S to NW in direction) greeted the select band of 4 RG65 sailors who turned out for the afternoon. Peter Baldwin launched his Uno for the first time and had a close race with John Brierley (Uno), overtaking John downwind to take the first race win. John then took race 2 after a close battle around a shorter course, close covering Peter up the last beat to the finish. Race 3 started with Alan demonstrating how fast an RG65 can do a turn after electrical failure led to the rudder being hard over. It was finally nursed into the side by the other sailors before the race could start. Unfortunately, John then also suffered electrical problems leaving only Peter and Charles Legg to finish the race in that order. A early break was called to allow boats to be repaired. Alan needed a total electrical rebuild and so he changed to his Pocket Rocket and John opted to sit the remainder of the afternoon out.
Three more races were sailed before light rain and even less wind led to a decision by the three sailors to end racing early after only 6 starts. Peter took the win in each race, with Charles and Alan having tight battles behind him, with Alan taking second place in two of of these three “mini match” races.
Thanks go to Bernie and Jack for turning out to run the races for us once again. Racing continues on Wednesday with DF65’s and then next Saturday (21st August) in IOM’s.
- Peter Baldwin 63 Uno 5pts
- Charles Legg 26 Uno 13pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 Scurry 15pts (and Pocket Rocket races 4-6)
- John Brierley 84 Uno 18pts