At the beginning the weather was rtue to the forecast – 3 – 4 MPH from a generally Northern direction. This gradually veered to North East before disappearing altogether. Together with the re-appearance of the floaty weed, this led to 7 rather frustrated skippers only completing 6 races during the course of the morning.
Thanks to Chaz J and Alan E for standing in as race officers at the last minute.
A foggy misty calm scene greeted the skippers as they arrived at the lake, A little raking at the sides of the lake to get rid of the salad prior to racing and some idle chit chat continued,, because racing did not really look like it was going to happen on the glassy smooth surface of the lake, but hey presto, we had 11 eager skippers and unfortunatley a few who did not make it cos most of the roads around Lincoln were closed for a bike race,
Racing got started on time 2 knots maybe 3 knots of wind and straight out of the blocks was Keith H followed by Alan N with his new yellow peril, Mick C could not get going at all despite using his super light green Icarex sails, Ivan won race 2 with Billy Mac close behind , and Adrian C started bad but improved as the morning wore on (slowly,,,,) in fact after race 2 tea break was called while we waited for some wind, 20 minutes later we had maybe 3/4 knots and it was pleasant light airs sailing for all Adrian had his best spell with two 2nd’s and a 1st. In the end we had six races that allowed one discard and was won by King Keith so well done to him because at time it was extremley frustratingly slow going.
Well done to all the helpers and the OOD’s Keep your eye open for the series results which should be up in the next couple of days and lets have a great turnout for round 3
The Morning started with a teach in with rig tuning using Roger Bowtles Brit Pop as a guide for starters then a few basic rules at the weather mark and then a couple of practice starts to try and get the hang of keeping your boat stationary on the start line as the clock winds down, great job by Chris Elliott and many thanks to him a few lessons learned I am sure, and some great questions being fired back at Chis by the tentative audience, 12 skippers in all.
Racing proper got under way by 11am and 6 races were completed by 1pm, Adrian Cripps hot off the line in race one went on to take the win, Before Chris E moved up a gear and took race two. Bob Geary sailed a very consistant set of 6 race discarding his worst position a 4th, great sailing Bob well done. The breeze was between 3/4 and I would say 6 knots and every race and every beat was different.
All in all a good morning for all and combining the racing with the teach in worked well. Well done to Chris for the win, and everybody who helped out. some pics below
A fresh NW moving slowly towards the N and gusting to 16 – 17 MPH made the B rig the one to have. Minor failures were apparent during the morning which served to remind us all that maintenance is the key to cconsistent performance.
Some close racing was enjoyed in most of the fleet but Keith was master of the conditions. Well done Keith.
Duty Officers were Keith and Geoff Streeter.