Race Report : Sunday 4 June 2017
Published 12:06 on 5 Jun 2017
The Squibs were first away on Sunday at 11:00 in champagne conditions with a decent F4 Westerly on an already ebbing neap tide. The leading duo of Whizzard and Osprey had a good ding-dong battle around the starboard-handed double triangular course with the Gibson brothers getting the better of Gear/McLaughlin on the final beat. Icarus and Kestrel had an even tighter battle for third and fourth with Russell/Stone eventually pipping Longford/White by a narrow margin. Club Squib Alice brought up the rear but Fraser and Humphries are improving with every race and gained valuable experience in these conditions.
Ten lasers headed out to the start but conditions proved a little tough for two who decided not to race. Dave Vrba and 6 year-old Elliot also returned to the slipway in the Laser 2000 after some strong pre-start gusts The remaining eight had a great start against the RS100 and RS400. James Lord's port tack attempt (photo) didn't work out but the sailors enjoyed the brisk conditions as they sailed around their smaller triangular course. Alex Downer (Laser Radial) was first across the line but beaten on handicap by Harry White (Laser 4.7). The remaining lasers all finished very close together as did Mark Irons in his RS100 which went well downwind. The RS400 struggled a little in these conditions but eventually finished after capsizing a couple of times.
The sole entry in Slow Handicap this week was the Pico of Freya Blamey and Iona Bellingham who sailed extremely well given the conditions and successfully completed their 3 lap windward/leeward course following which they had a refreshing dip in the Solent.
Next week's race is at 1300, see you then!
Last updated 09:13 on 1 March 2018