This weekend saw us sailing the Spring series with 3 races sailed. Conditions were challenging to say the least, with an unexpected strong Westerly wind coming through at the end of race 1, continuing into races 2 and 3.
In the end it was only the Sonnets, Gypsies and a lone Tera Pro that braved the conditions in races 2 and 3 and it soon turned out to be a crews race, as carnage broke out at regular intervals.
From Lauren retrieving her Skipper after he was left behind after a capsize, Lise refusing to abandon her post hiking out on the toe straps right though the capsize and subsequent righting and John who saved my bacon more than once when the wind shifted around back winding the sails dramatically on the beat. Even young Adam (6) crewing for me needs a mention, finishing the 1st race as the wind came through, with the shore crew biting their nails with worry – from my perspective he seemed fine and was singing his favourite pop songs and even managing to keep a tune.
Those who managed to hang on provided the shore with some spectacular speed displays on the reach with even the Gypsies plaining at times. By far the coolest and driest was Sophie on her Tera Pro which was putting out an impressive bow wave.
This weekend there is no sailing as many of us are heading off to Wriggelswade Dam for the EC Championship’s – good luck everyone and safe travels