Something of a light turnout this week, partially holidays, partly a pretty intimidating forecast. It was pretty gusty in the end, often F4, a good bit of F5 and some bursts of F6 to shake any cobwebs out. The wind was southerly, normally a bit steadier than the North easterlies we've had the last couple of weeks, but I don't know that it was really *that* different.
The course was a quadrilateral, beat, reach, run reach, and in the breeze the reaches were looking something on the shy side for the spinnaker boats. First away were Gareth Griffiths in a Solo and Will Harris in his Laser 4.7. Will was looking pretty usefully placed right from the start, ahead of the Solo (which gives time to the 4.7!)
The main Laser start was a bit uneventful, but the fast fleet had Peter Curtis in an RS200 with Julie Harrison having a good old battle with Fiona and Rob Fardon up the first beat, although first round the mark was my Canoe, coming in from the horizon at a predictable velocity... Sadly (for me) my race didn't last very long as I managed the cunning trick of stepping off the back of the in a gybe - one of those manouvers only really likely in a Canoe - and which left me a long swim to catch up with the boat... It really complicated Fiona's gybe for the mark though as she had to allow for both boat and sailor in different parts of the lake:-)
Peter and Julie had the best of the RS200 match as Fiona and Rob had a bad evening for kite snags, but the evening most definitely belonged to Will Harris who sailed a skilled and measured race to win by nearly a minute on handicap. Peter and Julie got second, Gareth third, Mike Storey 4th in the EPS. Jamie Scott was 6th and first "normal" Laser.