Fleet Challenge A

While the country prepares for a(nother) heatwave, Bass had blue skies and sunshine with a crisp westerly breeze. The weekend racing comprises a series of four races, with a mass start for all fleets, and results calculated on a fleet handicap basis.

13 boats, mainly single handers, raced, with various different leaders on the water throughout the afternoon. Banter was challenging himself to stay upright as he was getting to grips with his RS 300, but some others were not quite as skillful, and capsized.

Dave/Lynn in their GP sailed well, winning both races, with Robbie  D in his Solo securing two 2nds. Oscar sailed well in his Tera, and is just one place behind his dad, Banter, in the overnight positions!

On Sunday morning the webcam showed little sign of wind, though it did fill in to some extent after 11am, albeit from the wrong direction! By noon many had finished their early lunch and were keen to get racing. As the OD took to the water, the wind faded, but fortunately it was due to the forecast westerly taking over.

Racing got underway just after 1pm. As ever there were some big swings in the wind to contend with which, perhaps, worked in Val/Ken’s favour as they were first to the windward mark. It wasn’t until the second lap that Dave/Lynn took the lead.

In the final race Mike/Jack led at the windward mark followed by Val/Ken. Val broke through to lead and held it to the end of the lap before Dave passed them through to the finish. This gave Dave/Lynn four wins on the water and on handicap to win Fleet Challenge A trophy.

Chris/Beth in their 200 were the only ones to practice their capsize techniques- expertly executed as they were quickly up and sailing again without getting very wet!

Val/Ken had two 2nds and 3 points for being OD on Saturday making them 2nd overall, with Mike/Jack 3rd, counting three 3rds.

Final results