There was blue skies and a light westerly wind for an excellent turnout of 68 boats on the first day of the NW Junior Traveller Trophy and RS Tera northern area championship.
Three races were sailed back to back, with only two boats OCS. The wind varied in strength as it came through in waves during the afternoon, with some boats managing to enjoy brief planing conditions.
Jacob Bennett in a Laser from Glossop led overall overnight with two wins, with Alex Horsman from Glossop 2nd. Max Rawlinson from Roa Island was lying 3rd overall and lead Tera.
Sunday started with grey skies following overnight rain, and a wind that wouldn’t settle for the scheduled 1030 start. However, it came in from the south as forecast, and racing was underway shortly after 1100.
Both fleets had clean starts and some good racing in F1-2 winds. However, as the wind veered slightly towards the end of the race, Sale Fell cast a shadow over the windward mark slowing boats on their final lap.
The wind continued to veer, finally coming from the north, a full 180degrees from the original, and forecast, direction!
The fleets went ashore for an early lunch and waited for the wind to fill in again.
A sea breeze resolved things and the final race started about 1430 with a good F2-3 enabling some planing, and causing a few capsizes. Champagne sailing conditions to finish an excellent weekend’s racing!
Despite the slow final lap in race 4 affecting their finishing position, overnight leaders Jacob and Alex were able to discard the result and finished the weekend overall as 1st and 2nd respectively, with Arthur Baker from Derwent Reservoir in his Optimist 3rd.
The Tera Sport Northerns was won by Thomas Whitehead from Filey, with brother Daniel 2nd. The Tera Pro Northerns was won by Matthew Somerville from Bassenthwaite, with Max Rawlinson from Roa Island 2nd