Intensive racing in light, fickle winds. Ric P worked wonders with the buoys to get a variety of courses which tested the skippers. Racing was therefore close and well fought, within the spirit of “World Laughter Day”.
Robbie Norris launched his brand new V8 out of the box, won the second race and went on to challenge us all with speed and good tactics.
The afternoon breeze brought different skippers to the fore. Lloyd and Laurie suffered winch failures, and Laurie’s quick reactions saved his boat as smoke billowed from the hatch.
We finished with a team photo in the warm lowering sun.
Brilliant racing, run by Rick, Ric, Eric and Gary J. Mid to top B rig on a perfect northerly straight down the lake. Great to welcome Gus Hurrell (152) from Ashburton, and Lloyd (147) on his birthday.
Club Meeting Report for Sunday April 14 Event run by Peter R & Rick C-B
This meeting was held in interesting conditions. At the 10.45 start the wind was south to south west at about 7 knots.By midday it became B rig conditions with some rain and verging on C rig.
One or two sailors continued with A rig, however this was some what overwhelming.
Around 1.30 p.m. (until the end of racing at 2.00 p.m.) it was back to A rig.
The fleet turnout of 14 boats was very pleasing for a club meeting and it resulted in some great finishes, some within a boat length. Great sportsmanship prevailed throughout the meeting.
It is to be noted that the buoy placement, for this meeting, was by remote control using the electric tug. We feel that this gave a course view from the shore, for both the course setters and sailors alike. The result was a long track, yet close enough into shore to make for exciting racing, particularly the starts and up to first windward mark. The club dinghy was used to rescue 3 distressed boats successfully.
At the conclusion of the event a group met at The Flat White Cafe for an informal discussion regarding club matters.
What a great turnout for the first of many shared Race Officer/ Assistant Race Officer meetings.
Thanks to everyone involved.
What began as a social day last Sunday 6th Jan., would end up being a day of 18 races! A light southerly increased in strength to top of “A” rig, then came in from the east for 3 or 4 reaching races to finish the day
Robbie Norris iom94 joined us from mid-morning on.
It is noticeable the interest in RC Sailing from passers by, with a number having a try after being given a transmitter.
Formal racing is on next Sunday and it will be interesting to see what sort of sailing happens on the days/weekends between formal racing days.
R.O. for the day Bruce E