What a perfect evening for a sail. Enough wind to be fully hiked at times but never so much that anyone felt the need to cool off in the water. With a rather thin duty team the RO elected for a shore start with safety boat at the ready. Short beat from nine to eight, broadish reach to x followed by a good but rather shifty beat to seven, beam reach to 6 long run down to one and a shyish reach back to nine.
The line was definitely port end biased sometimes more so, sometimes less but always port end. From the slow start Chris Smith made his intentions clear starting at speed right on the pin. In the lasers Kevin Pearson opted for the start above the line and dip back down as the gun went. - In fact he was still over the line as the gun went but dipped below before I could sound a second hoot - great judgement - he only went about 6 inches the right side of the line. In the fast start there were a few hairy moment as some opted to aim for a port end flyer while others came charging down the line on starboard, but carnage was avoided - one port tack found a gap and one wisely baled out at the last minute.
As the race progressed with the Albacore leading on the water Chris in the Streaker stayed doggedly close to the albacore while behind the fast fleet were quickly swallowing up the Lasers. With the wind holding up surprisingly well the fleet made four laps with Chris staying well to the fore for a deserved handicap victory from the charging fast fleet.
With several of the leading contenders on their hols Ian and Claire took honours in the personal fleet as well as a second in the scratch. Mike Storey with newly rebuilt mast in the EPS took third in the scratch while the 200s dominated the persona; with 1,2,3 from the new recruits to the Solo fleet showing that they won't be in band 5 for very much longer.