Weds 3rd July.

There was a good deal of wind at times when we arrived, quite a lot more than the forecast, but it died down some by launch time, and continued to die for the race. However it was warmish, and there was more than enough air flowing round the rags for racing, so no complaints. Well, not many anyway...

With the wind looking as if it might die a moderate sized course was probably a sensible option, and what we got was a long beat, a short pretty near fetch come shy reach across the top, a long and  normally very square run, and a closish reach back to the start. I reckon the run was probably the dominant leg of the race: it was always a chess board of options, with wind here, a good shift there, a calmer bit somewhere else: never any obvious strategic choices...

The slower boats at the first start probably got away in the best of the breeze, and as well as usual suspects in the shape of Mr Griffith's Solo and Mr Smith's Streaker, Caroline Baldwin's Byte was also showing well.  A closely matched bunch of Lasers set off next and were seen swapping places with enthusiasm right round the track.

From the fast start I reckon on the whole the 4 RS200s did best initially, but Ian's RS400 came through reasonably well, as did Richard Barker's Phantom once he'd recovered from a distinctly second row start.

Without attempting to plot the various options on the chessboard its difficult to say much of the course of the race: maybe I'd just better let the results speak for themselves... Going to take a bit of doing to stop Gareth running away with the series...

Supper was another chilli from Mike Curtis: he claims to be a one trick pony catering wise: maybe so,but its a darned good trick, especially served with cheese or sour cream, garlic bread and a pint from the bar...