Saturday started with patchy winds, that filled in just in time for racing, though shortly after the start the wind did ease briefly before filling in to F1-2 for the rest of the afternoon.
By the windward mark AJ/Sue had taken the lead of the fleet of 10 boats, but it was going a it pear-shaped for them on the final leg into the leeward mark as the wind benefitted those further back. Not ot worry though, at the end of the lap they had pulled back to third behind Neil and Ian, both in Solos. There were more place changes throughout the next two laps as some gained advantage from the shifts, or better wind strengths on different parts of the course. AJ held on to Neil’s transom to finish second on the water then declaring ‘We’re going in, it doesn’t get any better than that‘.
AJ did not go ashore but was unable to repeat his performance with Val/Ken, and James/Dave, pushing him back to third on the water, so he was right, it didn’t get any better! The slightly stronger wind opened up the field a bit this time with Neil just finishing fourth, and Mike in a Streaker fifth on the water.
On handicap, the leaders converted their on the water positions to actual results, so Val/Ken lead overall, with Neil 2nd.
On Sunday, an hour before the start the lake there was a general lack of wind but it slowly filled in from the forecast westerly to provide some great racing conditions, with numerous swings, though the hour long races were probably a lap longer than the sailors were expecting.
Dave/Lyn mastered the conditions and led both races thoughout, though Val/Ken did reel in some of their lead in the second race. With two wins on handcap Dave/Lyn lead the series, with Val/Ken 2nd. AJ/Sue securing a 3rd in the first race, while Chris/Chloe in their Graduate put up a good performance taking 3rd in the second race.
Chris/Tony in a RS200 were the only boat to capsize, initially a quick one just before the second start, then a bigger one, which led to their retirement during the race.
Congratulations to John Reekie on winning the SB20 Inlands at Ullswater, crewed by son James, Zefer and Andy