Sunday 16th October

 

Race 1

10:30,no wind, and shall we shan’t we risk launching with the difficulty of launching with the lack of water at the end of the pontoon and the shallows to contend with. “Lets go” was the view of eight Freds “at least its better than watching the grass grow at home”.  And so, after launching one by one, the boats  arrived at the start line in dribs and drabs for a course of X J OL K H. After some debate as to which start was to be used the late decision was to use the normal FF start leaving at least one boat out on a limb (grrr) as the boats trickled across the line at the gun for the beat to X. Then the bonus came as the wind filled in from the SW putting a smile on everyones face.  A two sail reach to J followed by a beat through OL to K and then a broad three sail reach to H for the start of the second lap, followed by a third and then a fourth on a tight but sensible course avoiding the shallows.

From a position of  6th it was difficult to see the nip and tuck during the race but clearly 3683 was making considerable gains to make an exciting finish. At the finish the fleet had closed up with every boat somewhere on the leg between J and OL the final positions being 3327, 3712, 3373 and 3683 equal third, 3795, 3696  3561, and 3622.

Race 2

The wind held steady from the SW at a force 2 and six Freds made a very competitive start for the same course of X J OL K H. With the wind occassionally veering it paid to get onto port tack as soon as possible and at X two boats 3373 and 3696 had established a good lead on the rest of the fleet. On the reach to J some boats elected to hoist the spinnaker but with the oscillating wind those that didn’t did not lose any ground.  On the beat through OL to K there were different opinions whether to go inshore or stay out but there no gains or losses were made. Again a lovely broad three sail reach to H and the positions remained unchanged. And so it was for the remainder of the next three laps and at the finish the places were 3373, 3696, 3795, 3712, 3683 and 3622.

Thanks must go to the ODs for a good course on half the lake and avoiding the shallows.

 

 



 

Low Water

The water at Draycote is low and still falling, making launching from the pontoon difficult. If you are sailing this Sunday please arrive earlier than usual so that we can get boats on the water ready for race start time. It would be a good idea, regardless of weather, to wear a wet or dry suit as walking the boat in is much easier than the usual method.



 

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