Night Jar A10 – 27 June 13

The mist at Bothel was so thick that even the base of the turbines was obscured. Conditions on the Lake were a little clearer but it was still a murky and damp evening with a light SW wind.

A course of 9-3-1-0-A was set with the start line just upwind of A. John Reekie/Joe Watkins in the Merlin took an early lead on the water followed by the Fifteens of Graham Kirkpatrick/Kayla Sheard, Eric Guillois/Chris Brookes and Joan & Jack Hardie’s 200.

The Race Officer had a difficult decision to make at the end of the first lap. It had taken between 30 and 40 minutes to complete due to the wind moving West and its shadow slowing the fleet down at 1. But, as it was filling in, he sent all except Jonathon Anson in his Solo round for a further lap.

Positions remained largely the same except that Eric & Chris though they had finished when passing through the line in the reverse direction. They needed encouragement to round A and return but lost time in the process.

Then it was back to the Clubhouse for another superb meal prepared, this week, by Tanya Briggs. Results showed that John & Joe had won both categories with Ken & Val Bell beating Joan & Jack for second place on FH. The Bells dropped to third place on PH behind Alan Jones/Sue Watson who have now moved into second place in that Series.