A long overdue dry weekend brought with it a good force 4 to exercise and challenge the fleets for another championship weekend series. A swinging wind swung the wrong way, as far as the beat was concerned, and resulted in a one sided beat which might explain some of the results for the first race. Capsizes, or near capsizes (including one by Scumper in his RS100), was another factor. Jon took out his Laser, and seemed to get away with a keen start, but retired after capsizing.
In the F15s, Ian/Lezliann took a while to get out of first gear but, when they did, they went on to win both races from Tim/Ian comfortably.
Tog had a guest appearance in the front of Robbie D’s RS400, and had a good lead in the first race from Joe in a Laser, and Tony in his Solo. In the 2nd race, there were some better reaches, and the beat returned(!), which Scumper took advantage of to secure 1st place from Steve/Ruth in a Merlin, and Robbie D, who is overnight leader.
Jim/James in their Hartley, despite James feeling tired after the first lap(!), had two wins from John in a Pico and Mik in a Mirror, to lead the slow handicap series overnight.
Another three races were sailed on Sunday in mild, sometimes sunny conditions, together with wind.
A wind shift on the start prompted a port on port start – it worked for Steve/Ruth, but Phil/Naomi had to tack off for the rest of the fleet. The gybe marks again were the cause of some capsizes, while others were just overpowered in various gusts.
Zefer and JD had some close racing in the first race which JD protected his position by cover tacking up the final beat. It didn’t prove necessary in the next race after Zefer had a collision just before the start, causing him to capsize, and giving the rest of the fleet a head start!
Banter borrowed Tog’s boat for the final race, and promptly capsized! Overall, it became a battle between Scumper and Robbie D which ended in Robbie D’s favour by one point who won the Wythop Trophy.
Mike/Kayla won all three races, but it was not enough to beat Ian/Lezliann who took two 2nds and the Scarness Cup.
Poppy sailed with Jim and won two more races to win the Reflection Trophy, with John 2nd.
AJ/Sue and Kath/Glenys were the only boats to race in the GP fleet – AJ took two wins and the Graham Cup.