Datchet Racing – Sunday 2nd December….!!

Thick frost, or maybe even snow, on the covers this morning!!! Eight boats on the slip, and seven raced – so that’s not including our fleet captain and the Admiral, both not present!!  I also saw Simon Cavey in the boat park who has packed his summer boat away and should be racing with us in January. The Stensons and the Humes also took the duvet option!!  Roger was not there either, neither was Trevor. So – good turnout considering!!

It was bright blue sky and about one degree, or was it minus one?!!  We had around 6-7mph of breeze – Mervyn told me that I missed force 4-5 last week – bother!! Anyway – it was a pretty day, with a fair amount of aggressive racing going on!!

Race one got out of the pretty short gate into a shifty westerly. We had a fair bit of jostling, and at the pin end at least, Howard and Richard got  a good one.  However, at the top mark, it was Andy and Agness starting from up the committee boat end that set the pace – then Howard/Richard and then I think the Linders – though we were all a tad bunched up.  During the race, the first two boats pulled away a little, but there was a fair amount of fighting going on in the pack – all very close it was.  Into the last triangle the positions held, but Andy/Agness went right on the first reach. Howard/Richard sailed deeper, then suddenly there was the gybe at the bottom end and Howard/Richard just slipped around ahead and held it till the finish.  (Oh dear  🙂 , Agness….!!)

Race two was a different kettle of fish. The pin got everyone’s attention and was pretty crowded. We got away though, and the fleet split left and right…. now going right didn’t seem to have the edge for this (newly placed) windward mark.  The Linders slipped away down that first reach going over the top of the bunch,  but Steven and Nigel were really right in there.. Plenty of scrapping going on behind that, I can tell you!!  About four boats abeam took the wing mark, Howard and Richard on the inside, overshadowed with little motion managed to brush the mark with the spinnaker. Rounding in third, by the time they had done a turn, they were fifth!!

Come the sausage leg, the pack was still tightly packed. Mervyn and Mike sailing absolutely superbly, put in a complete stormer down the left hand side and passed the whole bunch!!   Andy/Agness, Howard/Richard tried the right and got beached basically. By this time, the Linders had a handsome lead.

Last funny thing?? OK – remember race one, final reaches. Well again, Andy and Agness slipped off to the right (lying about fifth I think) with Howard/Richard in pursuit…. and sailing deeper. We get to the bottom of the leg, both boats gybe and “it” happens again!!! – Howard and Richard slipped past in exactly the same spot!!!!  Ha ha ha ha !!!  (we felt we had to apologise to Agness afterwards!!)

Come cover up time, that frost on the cover upon closer inspection really did look like snow…..