Autumn Sunshine

Saturday’s clouds were slowly cast aside as the afternoon progressed, and there was numerous spells when the sun broke through to give some warmth in the F2-3 wind. The conditions were perfect to attract out some of the cadets that been practicing in the morning.

There was a great fleet of 21 boats competing for the Autumn Saturday series.

There was plenty of shifts to keep sailors on their toes, some of which caused resulted in various capsizes, but there was excellent planing conditions from time to time as well.

For a while, Val/Ken gave Dave/Lynn a run for their money, but a gust just after gybing their kite caught Val out slightly , while Dave took the advantage and passed them. Although Scumper led throughout during both races, his lead wasn’t sufficient to beat Dave who took two wins, with Scumper 2nd, and Joe 3rd.

Autumn Saturday series latest results

A sunny, clear Saturday evening continued through into Sunday morning but there was no wind. The various zephyrs that appeared soon disappeared again. It seemed there were two competing winds. Just after noon, the forecast NW breeze took control so everyone took to the water for a start just before 1pm.

The wind kept swinging between W and NW, causing some light areas on the leg from 1 to 0. AJ lost a lot of ground when he couldn’t lay 0, then had to tack in very light airs to round it. Dave/Lynn broke away to take a strong lead and win the first race.

A sea breeze bedded in by the end of the first race so the line was repositioned, then the race started.

Mike Fairlamb seemed to be banging a corner on the first beat, then he looked round to see the rest of the fleet heading in another direction, and realised he was on the wrong course!

Though the wind eased slightly, it held through to the end of the race. Again, Dave led the way, adding another win. It was the Solos that were runners up in both races, with Neil and Rory each taking a 2nd position, and Val getting a 3rd. Neil didn’t sail the final race (as he left to celebrate his mum’s birthday!), but he still leads the series.

Autumn Sunday series latest results