Following the conclusion of the Winter Warmup series and the Open meeting looming next week, this Sunday saw 7 crews out practising – 3957, 3851, 3954, 3703, 3875, 3536, 3642.
Race 1 was a little delayed in starting and when it did a starboard rounding course been set that led to a race down to boat speed rather than tactics. Charles in 3957 went over the line lamenting the loss of his hat but it obviously helped with the blistering start he had. He was followed by 3703, 3851 and then 3954. Despite 3703 having issues with their kite, this order was maintained until the end of the race.
The wind was picking up now and the course marks were re-laid to make the race less processional. 3957 again led over the line but there was nothing in it coming up the first beat and all boats came to the top mark pretty much together. 3957, 3851, 3954 and 3703 blasted away from the rest down the following 2 reaches. Despite their best efforts up the beats by 3851 and 3954, 3957 kept pulling away from the fleet on the downwind legs to take the gun followed by 3851, 3954 and then 3703.