Summer may well have started officially, but the sun was keeping a very low profile, and the NE breeze was contributing to the chill in the air.
A force 3 gave the fleet of 16 boats some good planing conditions at times, and there were a few capsizes.
A quick turnaround between the end of the first race and the start of the second race caught a few sailors off guard and they had some minutes catching up to do!
Joe and Alex in Lasers, together with Val/Ken in a GP shared the 1st three positions in both races, but with more races to count, it is AJ/Sue that lead the series, with Joan/Jack 2nd
Sunday morning was sunny, but with little wind. Although it filled in from the forecast NE direction, as soon as the OD on the water and ready to prepare a course, the wind faded. The fleet had launched, but after 45 mins of waiting for the breeze to fill in again, the OD opted for an early lunch, only for the wind to fill in from the NE before the fleet had reached shore! The appearance of some wind put paid to the sunshine for the rest of the afternoon…
After lunch, the wind eased a little, but stayed long enough to get both races in. There were, of course, some big swings to contend with, but that’s Bassenthwaite! In the GPs, Val/Ken won, with Mike/Tim 2nd. Robbie D in a Solo won the handicap race, with Joan/Jack 2nd. Word has it there was some abuse of the rules, but it did not go any further… The slow handicap race was won by Phil/Lucy in a Mirror, with Mik 2nd, and Poppy 3rd
The second race was the Calvert Trust pennant, but in line with tradition this year, the course was set in the northern bay. Robbie D led the race, and won on handicap, with Neil 2nd, and Hugh 3rd. James/Jenny had a good race, leading the GPs, and finishing 5th overall.