Perfect conditions meant it was a great day to get on the water yesterday, and you sure did! It was wonderful to see so many people learning and improving in the sunshine.
Following the training 18 boats entered the Triangle Race as they put their new learning into practice.
With a few tricky marks to help separate the fleet the boats sailed around for their race. In the end it was Freddie that took the win on handicap, but still with an impressive positioning on the water as he was against a number of bigger and faster boats.
The afternoon racing got underway with a similar sized fleet. The wind had swung slightly to the west and so provided more changeable conditions for the fleet to race in.
The first boats away in the pursuit race were hampered by the conditions and their advantage was soon wiped out by the likes of Tom and Matt and they ploughed through the fleet. George and Abi had the daunting task of battling each other while trying to keep the reset of the fleet behind them.
As the 45 minutes expired, it was Tom who took the win, meaning that he also secured the series.
In the second race a very busy start line made for a scrappy start which resulted in Dan & me making an infringement and having to complete penalty turns before we could start racing.
Simon, on the other hand, had a good start and held the fleet behind him for all of the first lap, but Matt and Tom managed to get past him on the start of the second lap.
Abi was never far behind and this time found herself racing against a different Sunderland, Will, as George also found himself the victim of a bad start.
As the boats crossed the line, Matt had gained enough of a lead to take the win, but it was Tom in second place who again secured the series win on Portsmouth Yardstick. The personal results are not in yet, which means that the trophy could still be up for grabs.
Next weekend is the annual Club Regatta and it is going to be a great weekend of sailing with a fantastic party as well.
As a reminder there will be 3 fleets sailing side by side. This means that there is something for everybody.
A quick reminder of the regatta rules:
The following prizes will be available
The club relies on volunteers to give up their personal time and help the success of the club. Whilst we as members need to ensure we contribute, we must always respect those officers who do run our races and keep us safe each week.
7.15pm Wednesday Racing – T11
8.00pm Wednesday Evening Bar
11.00am Regatta Day 1
7.30pm Regatta Party & Pig Roast
11.00am Regatta Day 2
7.15pm Wednesday Racing – T12
8.00pm Wednesday Evening Bar
4.30pm Saturday Afternoon Bar
Improvers Starting Training / Juniors
12.00 Afternoon Racing SUT1/C15/A15
All Duties are published online, and are also available in the clubhouse.
Olton Mere has invested in a system called ‘Dutyman’ which is an online tool for managing sailing duties. From here you’ll be able to request a duty swap or volunteer for a duty. Individual log in details are being sent out.
If you have not received your details, or want to find out more, please speak with one of the sailing committee.