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Solo News 27 Sept


    Not much to say about Sunday. Very light to non-existent wind. Plenty of solo sailors on the shore but only Arthur and I ventured out for the drifting match. The first leg, I hesitate to say beat, Arthur slipped past me and both Solos took most of the laser and handicap fleets. I got Arthur on the second leg (I’ll call it a broad reach because that was what it started as).  By the second ?windward? mark I was having a good race with the Graduate and Arthur was in the midst of the leading lasers. Final downwind leg back towards the clubhouse a zephyr came from behind compressing the fleet so that the leading lasers and Arthur closed to within a couple of lengths but positions were unchanged.
    Welcome to Nikki – Solo 3357 (thanks to everyone who helped her get the boat rigged and up the top ready for action) and good to see Peter Bolster out practicing as a patch of wind came up between races.
    I won’t see you next week, but the next race training/coaching session will be on the 11th after the back to back races. Similar format to the previous set. Short theory section and basic rules clinic followed by (weather depending) check on boat setup and short race training / manoeuvring practice. Aim to be rigged ready to sail for about 2pm. Ideally boat on the Solo pontoon so we can look at the sail setting etc. If the weather is inhospitable we'll figure out a plan B on the day.
    For the winter we are thinking about having a monthly ‘open invitation’ series – something like 3rd Sunday of the month extract a mini-series inviting solos from other clubs.  Does anyone think this is a good or bad idea? I like the idea of trying to encourage more winter members who maybe we can convert to full members. This gives people a chance to try us for a mini-series. Our regular club fleet results would be extracted unchanged. Hopefully it just makes for bigger fleets and better racing.
    The sailing committee is also planning to extend the monthly pursuit into the winter series – same basis as summer – we continue to extract the class results so the races count both as class races and as the pursuit series. Any comments welcome I have passed on my (personal) opinion that this is a good idea.