With increased prevalence of COVID infections and the cancellation of the ET Championships, members had the club to themselves for the weekend, and benefitted from the Bass microclimate. The forecast showers did not come to fruition, whilst the sailing was underway at least! Saturday was declared a fun day with a combination of racing, running and paddle boarding.
The racing took the form of a pursuit race, perhaps more aptly chasing the wind which was a reluctant participant. During the start sequence, the light airs swung through 90 degrees, but did bed in from the west a while later.
Sunday started with another good early morning southerly. There was an excellent turnout of 32 boats for the two race fleet handicap series. The wind eased towards the end of the first lap, but came back again. Banter/Rory were putting up a good fight against Bean/Naomi, both in RS200s, but after claiming water at the leeward mark, Banter touched it and then promptly capsized as he started to do his turns.
Just before the start of the next race, the wind veered massively to the SW, so the line was moved. Perhaps the threatening rain cloud was disturbing the wind, but it took a short while to find a settled wind direction, and then get the race underway. Beating into mark 1 is not always ideal, especially when the wind eases, fortunately it filled in again, to get the fleet ashore just in time to pack their boats away in a major downpour!
Overall Results for Saturday
|17||Laura – DNF||Georgina||Laura||10th Team|