Start of the season

Glorious weather continued for an excellent start to the season’s
racing. The first race was impacted by a typical wind shift between setting the course and the starting sequence, but Commodore Jose was in a ‘let the buggers go mode’. This resulted in Phil Smith and Toggle Cowan desperately trying to avoid colliding with the committee boat in their newly launched boat. Neil and Judith Currie ended up doing a 720 as a result and then claiming the first racing capsize of the season! (Not the sort of claim to fame that he enjoys)

and that diary..

Sunday 29th March
What a way to spend Mother’s day – no lie in ‘cos the clocks have just changed and that meant an hour’s less sleep, down to the club to be OD. Had to try and remember all those sailing terms, beat, capsize, gybing, spinnaker legs – pity I didn’t always relate the words to their true meaning (well it is only the first day of the season!).

Anything that could go wrong seemed to – no beat for the first race, no recall flag either (well it would have been a perfect start a second earlier!), managed to loose one of the halyards up the mast, almost got one flag stuck up the mast, third time lucky when it came to lassooing Mark A; having started the first race half an hour late, tried to make up time by starting the 2nd race at 2pm (half an hour too early) but Phil wasn’t going to let me get away with that.

Anyway, next week I’ll be out there with them – hopefully it’ll be just as sunny and I won’t get my gnatsy gants wet!

Final results


PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2 Pts
 1   13791  P SMITH       GP           2   1   3
 2   13326  R DAWSON      GP           1   2   3
 3    3473  M MOORE       FF           3   3   6
 4  167828  I MACPHERSON  LAS          4   4   8
 5   13161  S SPENCE      GP           6   7  13
 6    2324  TBA           LARK         8   6  14
 7     172  J HALLIDAY    SPORT 16     7   8  15
 8   69960  M CHAPPEL     MS         DNS   5  17
 9    1049  S HUNT        RS400        5 RTD  17
10     103  A NICHOLSON   VARIO      RTD RTD  23
10     501  N CURRIE      RS400      RTD RTD  23

                     Points for RTD = 11  12
                     Points for DSQ = 11  12
                     Points for DNS = 12

 2 races to count