High winds caused racing to be cancelled on Saturday.
Rather than have a two race series on Sunday it has been decided to sail the Celebrity Glass Pursuit as a one off race in the morning and then resail last Sunday’s cancelled pennant race in the afternoon
Though there wasn’t much happening at the club on Saturday, however it was slightly different in the Davenport household where our latest addition to the membership was brought into the world by Phil’s helm’s wife Becky! Nothing like keeping it in the Bass family. Congratulations to Phil and Emma on the birth of Rory, a brother for Oscar. All doing well.
Sunday’s weather was much more amenable, with strong, though sailable, winds and the sun nosing through the clouds from time to time. The Toppers were first to start in the pursuit race, but it wasn’t too long before Dave/Lynn took the lead. The strength of the wind was deceptive and resulted in various capsizes, subsequent retirements, and cleaning of mud stained sails… Capsizing wasn’t Jim/Poppy’s reason for retiring, it was Jim’s confusion as to where he should have been heading! Scumper/Zefer in their RS400 were last to start, but first to finish ahead of Bean/Naomi, having taken the lead in the final 15 mins of the race.
The afternoon race was the Albert Bates Retirement Trophy, postponed from last Sunday. As is usual, the course took the fleet down the lake, though only to 10. The SW wind was certain to enable Sale Fell to do its worst in terms of creating shadowy, shifting winds, and it did! After passing Scarness there were holes, shifts, down draughts, all intermingled with some good gusts. Scumper took an early lead which he held through to the end, but it was the battling GPs of Dave/Lynn and Val/Ken that would secure 1st and 2nd on handicap. Scumper was 3rd and Jim/Poppy 4th.