|A total of SIX rounds will be sailed, with SIX races being sailed EACH week, best FOUR rounds to count. The same yacht must be sailed in each round, unless mechanical problems cannot be repaired at the lakeside.|
ROUND ONEOn a dull morning with rain on the brink of appearance and a fair breeze across the lake, 7 skippers came to sail a triangle course starting from Mark 1 and the corner of the landing stage, heading to Mark 6, across the lake to Mark 2 and down to Mark 1 for two laps, finishing from Mark 1 to between Mark 8 and the lectern.
A pretty good days sailing except for the cold wind and the usual dead patches on the lake with Brian taking first in races 2, 4 and 5, Dave got first place in race 1 with Paul close on his stern, Roger getting first place in race 3 with Brian on the challenge for second, and myself getting first place in race 6 with Dave tailgating me all the way. It was also good to have Geoff Figgett with us sailing his 51, in which he is doing well though he was last on occasion he gave Tony and myself a bit of competition at the back of the fleet.
Six skippers turned out on a rather sunny yet not very windy day, finding a suitable course was difficult however it was decided to sail a triangular course starting from between Marks 6 and 7, heading to Mark 1 then up and across the lake to Mark 6 and back down to Mark 7 for two laps, finishing from Mark 7 to between Mark 8 and the Lectern for two laps.
The course after tea break changed due to wind and weather conditions, in which we started from between Mark 1 and the Jetty, heading to Mark 6 , then back across the lake to Mark 2 down to Mark 1 for two laps, finishing from Mark 1 to between Mark 8 and the Lectern.
Brian managed to get four 1st places in races 1, 2, 5 and 6 and 2nd place in race 3, giving him 100 points for the series. Dave got 1st place in race 3 and Simon in 1st place in race 4. It was good to see Geoff sailing with us again and doing well keeping up with the fleet with a 3rd place in race 2, and almost 3rd again in race 6 however Dave just pipped him to the post.
Very good sailing has been seen across the fleet in challenging calm conditions.
A chilly grey day, but five hardy lads sailed a course starting between 6 & 7 up to 3 as the windward mark, with a fast downwind leg to 5 then 7 for two laps. A light westerly breeze gave us a challenging day, but with close racing at the finish line. Unfortunately Tony had sailing winch problems and could not finish the last three races.
Six skippers turned up on a beautiful sunny and breezy morning, unfortunately the results only show five skippers due to Geoff Figgett having problems with is yacht which prevented him joining us from the start. After a choice of several courses, it was decided to sail a figure of 8 course, starting from Mark 1 and a little blue buoy which changed to between Marks 1 and 2 after race 3, heading to Mark 5 down to Mark 7, heading across and up to Mark 2 down to Mark 1 then to Mark 8 leaving it on Port for 2 laps finishing between Mark 8 and the Lectern. After race 3 Mark 8 became a non race buoy until the finish line at the end of lap 2.
A good day for Brian this week getting five 1st place positions from race 2 to race 6. Everyone sailed well and there was a constant battle for positions throughout the racing.
We had six lads turn up this week, so we went ahead and sailed the penultimate round of the series.
A good North Easterly breeze, if not just a little chilly even in the sun, the course set was start at mark 1 and the pontoon, up to mark 5, down to mark 7 finishing at mark 8. Even with a strong breeze the conditions in the middle of the lake were rather fluky to say the least, as usual.
A little drama unfolded during the racing as one or two of us kept getting hooked on something below the water on the start line, so Geoff investigated, and to our surprise he found a sailing model of a schooner that had sunk and left abandoned there.
A photograph was taken of the model and an email was sent out to all members, the owner has now been located.
Six skippers turned up on a beautiful warm Tuesday morning, although the wind was slightly on the weak side we managed to find a course. Using Mark 1 and the corner of the jetty, we sailed up to Mark 4 at Brant's Landing, heading across the lake to Mark 3, we then sailed down to Mark 1 for 2 laps (was 3 laps for the first race due to being a short course although under light airs it was decided to sail 2 laps from race 2)
Not many incidents on the water and a couple of us did miss the odd buoy or 3 at one point.
Congratulations to Brian Hartley for his first place win over the Series, Dave Johnston for his 2nd place position, and Simon Booth for 3rd.
Well done to all skippers taking part in the series for good competitive sailing, especially to Geoff Figgett who sailed well today.
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