There were 11 yachts on the water, at Lakeside, for this, the second of the Alan’s Challenge Series for 2017. We had a very pleasant stiff breeze, with just the occasional nose diving in A rigs.
The morning started with a close inspection of Derek Barratt’s mouldings for his 6 foot Trimaran. This has been in his loft for over 10 years, but now he has been told by Commander In Chief Naval Home Command that it has to be finished or to go. Derek’s answer is obvious. He is still looking for more 4 pint milk bottles to stabilise the gazebo, which wll protect him and the work, as he finishes the job.
There was some exciting racing, and competitive starts, but you can see from the photo of rounding mark 7, that mark room was being given. This must encourage more skippers to take up Marbleheads, as the standard of racing is excellent. This doesn’t mean that new sailors should avoid Marbleheads; quite the opposite. Once you have tried one, you will be hooked. Now, I would say that, wouldn’t I, having a very nice one for sale!