Numbers were depleted due to the Inlands – two teams there, minimum. The weather at Datchet though was sparkling!! Champagne sailing!!!
We had five boats on the slip including Hugh McNulty sailing in the Loan Boat… Race one got away smartly… Mark and Toby just shot away and were never seen again!! First by miles!! Second Howard and Richard, third Dom and David. Gaps all big, but nice sailing anyway !!
The breeze started to build for race two – and that was a sparkler!! We had long fizzing planing reaches in this race – totally super, it was. The fleet was much closer together this time – Howard and Richard leading out of the gate at the pin….Splitting tacks up the first beat, Dominic and David led the way at the top mark, followed by Howard and Richard , Trevor and Mike in third. This race managed to get pretty close on a number of occasions. On the final beat Howard and Richard nipped past Dominic and David – and then started a great spinnaker chase in some pretty interesting gusts. At the line though, Howard and Richard took it by around 20 seconds, Dominic and David second, Trevor and Mike third.