Wednesday 24th April

Hurrah, Wednesday series starts: the new season is really on:-).

It was a pretty good evening for the series opener really. It wasn't too cold, there was a nice F2 breeze, which didn't seem to be shifting round too drastically, and not a bad turnout for the first evening.

Your correspondant was on a rescue boat for this one, so I really didn't see that much of the race. Course wise we set beat, a shy reach as a spreader, a run back down and then a broadish reach back to the start: broader than I'd really intended on the whole though. In lightish conditions it can be quite a challenge to avoid giving RS200s and 400s three spinnaker legs... Anyway, I hope it didn't work out too badly for you.

At the slow fleet start there was quite a dash on starboard for the pin end, and both Mike & Jo Storey and Gareth Griffiths looked as if they might run out of line. They cleared the pin OK though and were very just behind the line when the gun went. Other starts were perhaps less exciting, although I recall that Clare James and Lucy Gibson were robustly disputing the pin end position with Mike Curtis and Julie Harrison...

At the end of the first lap Mike and Sophie were leading in their 12 from Graham Potter's Alabacore, but with Gareth Griffith's Solo a lot closer than they would have liked. Kevin Pearson had a good lead in a rather disappointing Laser turnout, whilst Dave Nunn seemed to be making good progress through in what was not really any kind of RS600 weather.

We got three laps in the end, just shaving the last of the daylight putting the rescue boat away, so I guess that was about right. So results, well Gareth took the win narrowly from Mike and Sophie with Kevin 3rd. Graham Potter took 4th, Clare and Lucy 5th and Dave Nunn an excellent 6th in the conditions.

Of course we also run the personal handicap competition alongside. Nigel Cope took this race, with Kirstie Johnson 2nd. Clare/Lucy and Dave N took 3rd and 4th, John Magrath 5th in his Laser (or whatever the class is called this week) and Caroline Baldwin 6th in her Byte.

Supper was a lasagne prepared by CJ, and damn good it was too. Goood evening - suggest you make it along next week! I think the Wednesday series is the most sociable of all in the club: you sit down with your supper and maybe a quiet beer and its all a bit less rushed and frenetic than Sundays, when there's training to organise and hordes of younsters coming in (not that that's a bad thing).