A pleasant day with a little cloud cover so we set the course out side the club hut, 7 skippers turned out for some fast fun. That is what we got with everyone fighting for top spot it was close, with Pete coming out on top.
Sunday 19th decided to present us with a definite lack of wind. Our usual race officers were both unavailable, so myself and Angela stepped into the breach and after some experimental drifting around the lake, we decided the only place with a hint of consistent wind was the western end by the outfall pipe.
We set up a very simple sausage course with the 'down wind' leg able to provide a run, a reach and somehow a beat at some points. You've got to love Southchurch Park! The swans and their new chicks plus the ever diving commorant made for additional hazards/spectators.
Despite the simple course, the magnificent 7 skippers enjoyed some very close racing with 5 different winners in the first 5 races.
We managed 10 races before he wind completely deserted us and the day was won by John Wren with Lance taking 2nd on count back from Nigel. Special mention should also go to Tony (#39) who proved to be a very able skipper on only his 3rd outing with his DF65.
The event gave me a chance to try out a new program for scoring (simpler than the HMS system) and to iron out a few bugs. Thanks to all involved for making it fun and nicely relaxed days racing. Normal service will be resumed for the next one.