Wednesday Week 4

Lightest evening of the series so far tonight... Pretty horrible at times, at least in my boat... The wind more or less switched off once boats were rigged, although there were windier patches and quieter ones, and definitely right and wrong ways up the beat...

Another quadrilateral course: I''ve gone off these at the moment for reasons noted in the article below.

Mike Curtis was sporting a very brand new kite on his RS400, black it is, and this seemed to be doing him a lot of good for the first two thirds of the race: I haven''t done the sums, but after two laps, around 48 minutes racing, he was at  least 5 minutes ahead of everyone else and I would have thought well in the lead on handicap. The Solos looked pretty good, and so did Carl Mayhew''s RS200, a couple of minutes ahead of the next RS200. It perhaps wasn''t going so well for team Laser: really a bit sticky for them...

However the last lap was to come... As is so often the case the last word went to Carl Mayhew: sailing nicely, and perhaps not devoid of luck in the puff/windshift stakes, he sailed the last lap quicker than anyone else on the water: actually a minute faster round the track in *elapsed* time than the RS400, and all Mike''s handicap lead was, as the poet said, one with Nineveh and Tyre...

Still then it was time to eat. I don''t believe I''ve mentioned the food this year have I? A shameful ommission. Debbie has been feeding us splendidly, we''ve had Pasta with Mushrooms, Sausage and mash, and this week a Curry (well two, chicken or vegetarian) with poppadoms and an extra hot sauce for those who feel the need. Glen has been manning the bar too... You know even if you don''t fancy the racing its worth coming up to watch, eat and have a drink in good company...

Oh yes, results. Carl won from Mike, with Gareth Griffiths and Tom Wilson third and fourth in Solos, Fiona Fardon picking up 5th in an RS200, and Kevin Pearson 6th in very challenging conditions and course for the Laser. With 4 races we now have the start of some series results, and Carl is leading, discarding a win! The personal handicap results are close too. Chris Smith is currently leading by virtue of having won the first (and his only) race and done a duty giving him a win as average points for the duty (for now!). Paul Playle, Martin Yates and Alisdair MacLean all have a first and a second each to chase hard. Anyway, read ''em all here.

By the way, if you haven''t spotted it I will be attempting writeups for the anniversary races: there''s one for this month in the blogs section here if you''re interested in more of my meanderings... Feel free to write your own pieces or add comments: no reason why I should be the only one to talk about happenings at the club...

Jim C