The prediction was for a light northerly breeze, increasing during the morning, with some thin sunshine. And so it was, with temperatures just low enough to draw out the woolly hats.
Sad then that there were only 8 of us, but it enabled us to race without umpires.
We had 8 races, I think, in fun conditions, with some long beats, where the favoured side of the Lake changed frequently, and there were many instances where the a backing and veering wind changed the sail order within seconds.
Although we were a relatively small number, the racing was very competitive and in good humour, in delightful conditions, as you can see.
For some time now, I have been trying to source a third race starter, the idea being to avoid having to occasionally rely upon Iphones and wristwatches etc. The designer and builder of our existing two starters, is no longer in production as the technology is obsolete. He can do limited repairs, but that is all.
Cutting a very long story short, I found Phil Harpham, who has now built this two channel starter. I have coupled it with the same type of horn as is on our other two starters, and it also has a deafening klaxon for general recall. I am doubtful that we will ever use that, as we would probably be kicked out of the Park!
Anyway, it is now married up with the little stand that Alan Nash made a couple of years ago, which will give it some weather protection when needed.
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!