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WEEK 15 - GETTING LIGHT LATER IN AUGUST??

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Week 15 - Getting light later in August??

It has to be said it was a real drifter tonight - 45 to 50 minutes to do one lap, admittedly of a good sized course. When we got to the club the weather looked quite decent, a force two quite easily I should think, but it got progressively lighter until from just after the Laser start onwards there was just enough air drifting across the reservoir to maintain steerage way... Curiously it was suprisingly steady and constant - normally in those conditions you expect random gusts from anywhere, but by and large you could just set the sails and go...


There was a strong Solo turnout, the highlight of which was, I guess, Gareth Griffiths' new (to him) and very sparkly boat. Gareth took an early lead, and kept it, although the fleet condensed considerably on the last leg. Amongst the fast fleet the leading entertainment was, I fear, your scribe. Getting the Canoe to go deep in the light involves getting the weight as far forward as possible, a reasonable angle of heel, and holding the boom out. With the weight just behind the mast what is immersed is the roundy bow sections, not the flatter stern ones. Add to that an angle of heel that gets all the flat bits clear of the water anyway and what's left is tippy. And you're holding the boom out with a suitable limb, steering etc etc. Yes, you've guessed it, down the last leg the balance let me down and over I went. Fortunately to leeward, and I reckon that all that was lost capsizing was gained on the recovery as the water streamed aft off the mainsail!


Results wise it was a considerable Solo benefit as one might expect. In fact conversation in the fast fleet before our start suggested that the Solo was going to be the weapon of choice, at least in the absence of the Hughes and their Graduate. Gareth won the race by an margin of close to a minute. Second was the very mature Frank Beanland, somehow contriving to sail his boat faster than the others but apparently not moving a muscle. Very neat. Peter Cotterell, Arthur Phillips and Mervyn Cinnamond followed him over the line during the next 30 seconds. 6th, and first non-Solo went to Fiona and Rob Fardon, in spite of the fact that they kept the kite firmly in the chute after establishing very quickly that it was not going to aid progress at all...

Series status - well look at the link to the standings. I reckon the first four places are settled now with one race to go, but feel free to contradict me...

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