Ainslie Sunday !! Or was it “Four Turns Sunday”?!!! Datchet Race Report…..

Nine boats on the slip this morning – amazing given it is Olympic Sunday !!! – the rest of the Club was a shade quiet, I thought.

We managed to get two races in though the breeze was light, shifty and variable. Howard and Richard made a good start after duelling with the Admiral and the VC along the line…. and out of the pin favoured gate…..Ian and James trying a port tack flyer but finding it didn’t work!! ….  However, the variability completely defeated the former team and cream rises to the top, doesn’t it?!?! Ian and James slipped out front, chased hard by Mike and VC Phil.  Andy and Agness were going like a train also … David Hume, sailing single handed was also out to impress.  Howard and Richard managed to foul Mervyn on the run (!!), and ended up putting in a couple of turns when there was enough breeze to do it!!  That was the sequence it ended, I think.

Race two piled out of pin end again  – the breeze was about the same. Ian and James did the flyer again – and this time it worked!! Howard and Richard were next out, and at the top rounded first by a few boat lengths.  But is was a four turns day for them!!!  Following an altercation with a laser on the second beat it was cream time again, and on the fourth leg Ian and James slipped past up the beat. Andy and Agness piled on the pressure and hit second by the next windward mark.  Basically this pack slipped away from the fleet, Howard and Richard now trailing in third. Anxious to get ashore to watch Ben smash the whole of Denmark, that’s the way the second race ended!!!

There was a big throng in the bar to watch the medal races over lunch on the large TV….  Ian Percy was losing gold by one place as we listened to radio 5 putting the boats away. Big sigh,… and the realisation that was the last of two man keelboat racing in the Olympics. The tension was electric for the Finn Medal Race – and of course, the right result!!  John Hanson was down in Weymouth – hoping to hear from him once he has cooled down!!