With a breezy southwesterly blowing across the lake, a course was set on the diagonal and everyone rigged their No 2 suits. The conditions made for exciting sailing, but once again David adapted best and most consistently, winning every race he started. The wind became more blustery as the morning progressed, reaching the top end for No 2 sails. This seemed to help Tim who managed to get closer and closer to David as the races progressed. It was a tribute to everyone’s eyesight and skill that we all managed to sail cleanly around the distant upwind buoy in these conditions.
The back of the fleet was populated by Nick and me. Both of us managed to display a lack of boat speed, coupled with unwarranted degrees of inconsistently. For an example of our day, take the first race…
Nick managed to tangle with David on the start line and by the time they had sorted themselves out, I was the clear leader. However the pressure was clearly too much to handle and on the verge of winning I hit the second last buoy. With my keel tangled on the mooring line, I sat there helpless while everyone passed me by.
Nick did try and even things out by changing the course and then disqualifying the rest of the fleet for following David the wrong way round a buoy, but to no avail.
More important than the race results, we were pleased to welcome Andy, a new member to the club, and thanks to Derek who gave up his racing to spend the morning coaching Andy on the lake. Unfortunately his Triple Crown looks worryingly quick!