Saturday’s forecast was possibly off putting, with gusts expected to be up to 27mph. However, the Bass micro climate was substantially better, though there were just six takers overall, as members were taking part in The Lord Birkett at Ullswater.
A shore start was used, and all were well behaved. Neil in his Laser was sailing to a wrong mark before noticing Mike in his Streaker was heading for 3! Val/Ken lost ground at that leeward mark when they struggled to take their kite down.
In the next race, Mike was in the lead till he capsized at a gybe mark, then retired.
It was two wins for Dave/Lynn withe Val/Ken 2nd.
Sunday started with a downpour that had ALL sailors taking shelter in the clubhouse!
When it passed through the wind started to freshen as forecast. There being only one F15, GP, and Mirror, they joined in with the main handicap fleet.
Tog had a flying start which went to pot, and he was lying 9th at the end of the first lap, but pulled up to mid fleet next lap. He later retired due to gear failure.
Angus/Mike in their F15 took the lead but couldn’t pull far enough ahead from Dave/Lynn in their GP who won on handicap, with Andy/Lily in a Mirror 2nd.
The afternoon race was the Jimmy Lancaster Memorial Trophy pennant, typically held on a round the lake course, but with a good westerly it seemed it would be a waste of good sailing conditions to endure racing in the shadows of Sale Fell, so racing remained in the main bay.
Angus/Mike led again but, after ripping their spinnaker, they retired on the second lap leaving Dave/Lynn with a comfortable lead on the rest of the fleet which earned them 1st overall, with Rory 2nd.