For once the wind gods smilled on the 11 skippers that entered todays regatta, providing us with one of the best days racing in recent memory. The fresh westerly wind allowed a zig zag course utilising the entire lake to be set &, whilst the majority chose A rigs, both A+ & B rigs were also seen.
Sadly we lost a couple of skippers early due to family commitments, but the others completed 12 races in the day. The course was tough & the wind overpowered the rigs on occasions, but that just added to the enjoyment, with several races being won & lost at the line. The revamped handicap made a few work harder for their points & saw some newer faces towards the front of the fleet.
John Wren sailed well, so well we made him sail a longer course for the last 1/3rd of the regatta, scoring the most wins in the day. The rest of the fleet shared out the wins, no one was sure of their final positions until the results were calculated but we knew it would be close.
It certainly was close, with 5 points separating the top 6 positions, 2nd 3rd & 4th finishing on the same score, as well as 5th & 6th tying on points, I believe it is the closest result ever for a 65 event.
No one was more surprised about the winner than Brian himself, but his consistent scoring saw him run out the overall victor.
A huge thank you to all who took part, sailed noticeably well in the tricky conditions, & contributed to a great days sailing.
As ever we are indebted to our resident scorer Dave Marsham & all those who helped set up & pack away.
The 3rd round of the Club 500's saw 8 skippers braving the wind, with the rain forecast for the day holding off, 3 rounds were held in fairly quick succession.
The new longer course known as the double "M" was used, and with the wind gusting caused the skippers all kind of problems.
After 2 rounds there was only 14 seconds separating the top 4 places.
Eventually Pete kept his nose in front to take the win followed by Lance then Glenn.