Weekend of two halves

Perhaps it was a return of Summer for the penultimate weekend championship series as there was blue skies and a medium breeze. Neil/Rory led the F15 fleet securing two wins from Chris/Julie.

In the handicap fleet, Steve/Ruth led the first race but were unable to break clear with sufficient ground to hold back Scumper or Robbie D/Amber in an RS200, who won on handicap. Steve blamed too many reaches (and sailing as bad as Hamilton drove in practice last week!) in the 2nd race for trailing Scumper round the course, Scumper won on handicap from Toggle, and then Steve/Ruth. Many others in the fleet suffered from the wind suddenly fading and becoming a drifter, and they opted to retire.

Dave/Lynn led and won both GP races, but the second race was particularly close as they struggled to shake off Paul/Vicky, especially when the wind faded.

The forecast for Sunday is in total contrast with rain, high winds, and gale force gusts. It seems unlikely that the Bass micro climate will work its magic this time, but time will tell…

It was not to be. So wild, wet and windy put even Jim into the mode that he wasn’t keen to be in (or more realistically in) the water. The OD soon cancelled racing for the day, so yesterday’s results stand.

Final results

Meanwhile there was a Kestrel open meeting at Ullswater in which Peter Ballard sailed with Chris Hunt. Due to 54mph gusts on Sunday, the event was curtailed but Peter/Chris still secured a creditable 2nd overall.