There were only 6 of us on the water, for One Metre racing this morning. A little more wind would have been nice, but the weather was gorgeous, and we had 7 or 8 races, I think, and the usual silly banter, as well as some competitive racing. John Bennett will give the details – I wasn’t counting! Maurice had a small problem with his steering, which the ‘Waterside Committee’ diagnosed over tea break, and I had a hang up with my jib topping-lift caught around the shrouds, but that was easily fixed. Otherwise all was rather smooth, and almost no weed.
I did’t take any photos of the racing, as Iwas busy, but here are some photos of the tea break and the happy chaps.
The 6 Dragon Force sailors on the water this morning, benefitted from a fairly consistent breeze, by Lakeside standards, and the bright sunshine that we had expected.
The racing was kept very relaxed, but was competitive nonetheless. I dropped by, for 40 minutes, and was really pleased to see Mike Hyland (05) back in action, and had the opportunity to meet Michael Thomas with his newly setup DF65 (not yet registered), and Mike Pearson, who was also checking things out to see if radio sailing will suit him. He thinks it will! It was also good to see Jim Cheek (730) after his shining example at the DF65 Nationals in Gosport.
Maurice, Peter L, Colin S (still looking for a One Metre!), were also there, all keeping well packed together in most of the racing that I saw.
With a prediction of sunshine, but little likelihood of a gale, 4 of us turned up at Lakeside, this morning, more in hope han anything else.
As it turned out, we had a very pleasant morning of racing, though with such a small number, we didn’t score for the seasonal points.
This was Mark Robinson’s first time on the water with his partially refurbished STARK.
The other courageous sailors were Brian Quinn (11), John Bennett(14) and John Arrow(44), and we had a number of family spectators and two prospective new members, (RM sailors), who left with Club joining forms in their pockets. My printer will be in action this evening.
So this morning was a good reminder, that Lakeside’s odd wind conditions can make racing interesting, as well as, occasionally, frustrating, and that even when winds are predicted as very light airs or less, good racing is sometimes possible. We had a good time this morning, anyway. And the geese enjoyed our company!