The chances for racing looked slim with heavy snow falling and even settling on roads leading to the Club. But it stopped before the start time.
Seven boats took to the water – and then the wind dropped! What little there was appeared to be coming from the East and Joan in the Bates set a course from upwind of 0 towards 3 with 1 and 0 following. But a 100 degree shift meant the last minute inclusion of 1 as the windward mark.
So it was a short and starboard biased line. Those at the port end lost out, particularly Mike & Eric when the GP became lodged in a particularly stubborn hole. John’s Skiff was first around the mark and also around A but then it came to a complete stop and was passed by Pete’s Laser.
By this time Owen O’Donnell from South Windermere had retired his Tera with the hope of more wind for the Northerns. Joan had decided that one lap would give a long enough race bearing in mind the conditions.
At 1 Tony’s Solo and Neil’s Radial were also in the mix but, with the wind filling from NE, Tony and John pulled out 20 seconds from Pete with the former taking line honours. Mike & Eric had got through Hazel’s Radial by the time they reached 0 but she was not to be denied and re-passed them on the way up to the line to finish two seconds ahead.
Then it was time for a roast meal cooked by Alan and Sue who had decided a warm oven was preferable to a cold lake!
Results showed Tony had taken the FH win from Pete with these positions being reversed on PH.