Well, the Nationals are nearly here !! Datchet today was a lovely summer day – blue skies and sunshine (for a change!) and 7-10 kn of breeze. Really very good and we had nine boats on the slip this morning and that’s without The Humes (vacation I think), Mark (at NSSA with Matt) and Chris McLaughlin’s new boat is still outside the Chandlers.
It’s a bit disappointing, but we had a very short course laid by the PRO using about 20% of the reservoir. On a gorgeous day like that, it’s a pity not to use the empty acres. The beats and the top reach were especially short – all they had to do was move SW down the lake where it is much wider and probably laid the course to starboard with some long reaches right up the reservoir.
We had a short line, and managed to get ourselves all busy with it. The fleet was pretty tightly packed and in race one we all fair shot up the beat and about 7 of us reached th top mark more or less at once!! It got a bit busy and Howard and Richard found themselves doing turns after an incident with Fleet Captain Hanson. The fleet shot out along the reach with John and Helen just leading from the Linders and the main pack. Hopward and Richard had a bit of catching up to do obviously (!), and at the gybe mark took to the left and made about 4 places down that reach putting them in third – momentarily!! The beats were pretty hard to pick today – even Admiral Firth got just one right out of 6 !! There really was lots of overtaking going on – Steve and Simon sailed superbly into third, leaving the rest of us eating wake!! At the finish I think it was Ian and James, from John and Helen, Steve and Simon then Richard and Howard.
Race two saw a tad more bias on the line, and we all made for the pin. Result – tool crush !! A couple of teams had to gybe around and try again – so a fair amount of mayhem and a RIB driver who was far too close! In this race, John and Helen, Ian and James steadily pulled out to have their own little race – which Ian and James won in the end. There was a whole stack going on behind. Andy and Agness are going ever faster in 3911, yet in this second race there was a bit of calamity at the top mark I think – and they headed for shore. Howard and Richard came in third, but there was a right old scrap during the final reach for fourth between Mervyn/Julien and The Admiral – won admirably by Mervyn and Julien !!! The Shawyers at it again!!