What a smashing day’s racing we just had. Seven teams turned up, stunning blue skies, 10mph of breeze gently increasing – and water up to the brim!!
I suppose we had a concern that it might have been cold, but on our boat at least we were absolutely roasting … H was threatening to strip off!! (a layer)… As soon as you got in the sun it was frankly magic.
Dom and Non-Dom took their boat back down to the parking – not sure why, but I can say that the other six teams had a treat of a day. For once, the PRO managed to lay a splendid course – the beat was about as long as you could get for an Easterly. And the wing mark was set at right angles and we even had moments of three sail planing today – white, white spray – how brilliant is that!!
The line though had a pretty stiff bias at the committee boat end. In race one, Mervyn and James did an excellent job (!) of stuffing Howard and Richard out of the box. Like the Forsyte’s, this becoming a long running saga between them stretching over many years…!! Ian and James Linder got away nice and cleanly – while Mervyn and James tacked off for breeze in the middle, The Linders found a nice curve, with many of the fleet up to the left. 3851 rounded first and it was all the rest could do to keep up. Howard and Richard of course were last out of the gate…. so had a whole heap to do. They rounded about fourth, and managed to roll Mervyn/James on leg 2 and then Steve/Simon on leg 3. So at the line, it was easily The Linders, followed by Howard/Richard (celebrating their first result with 120 years in the boat – crikey !!), then I think Steve and Simon racing excellently today. After this we had a pretty close result between Mervyn/James and The Stensons and very closely followed by Simon and Ben sailing 3904 for their second weekend – keeping up scarily well considering they have just started. I understand Mervyn/James and The Stensons had a wee altercation causing Mervyn to declare a graceful retirement in the bar!! So all the results click up a notch in the final listings.
So race two kicked off with the same skewed line. This time, 120 years of experience decided they would do a timed run from the wall. Result ? Hopeless – last over the line again, and leaving it all to do “again”. However, there was another lovely curve in the breeze again going left. The Linders maybe did not reach the top mark first, because right up there sailing superbly, in command driving position, were Simon and Ben in 3904. Ian/James popped round just behind them, then Mervyn/James. Howard and Richard just squeezed inside The Stensons at the turn and off we all went. The Mervyn/James and Howard/Richard Show was a rerun of race one – a bit of ultra aggressive luffing (really, these Merlin Rocket people don’t half go at it..!!), but Magic-Hands Shawyer pulled 3934 through to windward and it was over – Howard/Richard slipped into third.
I think it was half way up beat two, when there was a bloody loud “bang”. “Ooohh Nooo” we thought. Simon and Ben, in their brand new pride and joy, managed to get a port-starboard T-bone with a University Laser 2. Off to Doctor Dingwall immediately. I think Ian and James had already grabbed the lead by this time, but ever grateful to Laser 2 sailors, Howard and Richard nipped up into second. The last reach to the finish was a bute, too. Howard eventually called for the drop as it was all a bit much (120 years etc!!) but Mervyn/James and The Stensons (very close I think) scorched all the way down there with 3 sails up.
The breeze had pepped up a lot – the Club fielded about 24 various boats in addition to the Fifteens, and there were 35 teams in RS Fevas also slugging it out on the reservoir. A stunning spectacle, all round…. If you stayed under the duvet, you missed a treat !! See you next week !