Sunday 27 Dec. Last sailing day of 2015.
A very thin duty team - huge thanks to Ian Peace for stepping in and helping out. It really is VERY important that people do their duty or arrange a swap. You can choose your dates and you can arrange swaps so there really isn't much excuse other than a late illness. If you can't find a swap TELL SOMEONE AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE THE DUTY - we can make an all members email to look for a volunteer swap if you have tried all options within the system. Duty team leader - if it looks like you are short with a week to go tell Gareth or Dave Baldwin and we will put out an all members email.
A couple of years ago we reduced the number of duties by going to smaller teams. This makes it critical that everyone turns up - we don't have a lot of slack and we shouldn't have to do extra duties just because some people are missing. We are a members club - we all have to take our turns. I know there are a few special cases and we can cater for those but if you are on duty make sure you turn up or arrange a swap well ahead of the date.
With a small turnout and fairly experienced sailor plus and extra volunteer we just had enough cover though the RO was close to saying no sailing without more duty team.
OK rant over ... the sailing toady was first class. Wind SW around 20 Kn slowly moderating but with the odd significantly stonger gust. With a fairly small turnout and the small duty team the RO decided to have a single mass start. Before the strat the wind really cam up so the first lap was very quick. From the off Peter Curtis stormed away in the 500 followed by Gareth in an Aero 7 with then a close fight amongst the Lasers and Solos. Peter was so far clear that he was lapping people - you can tell it was a fast sail as Peter did 5 laps of a reasonable sized course.
Peter took the H'cap from Gareth, Tim Lewis the Solos from Paul Playle, and Ben Sharp took the lasers from Simon Bean. A quick cuppa and back out for the B2B races. First B2B saw Peter again disappearing over the horizon while Gareth was second on the water but not far enough ahead of Kevin Pearson who must have figured things out after a poor morning. Peter first on H'cap followed by Kevin and Gareth. Second B2B and Peter's excessive boat-speed caused him to be over the line at the pin so he had to make a quick loop back. Gareth took full advantage to be clear at the windward mark though Peter has already pulled through the fleet - though not to get far enough away from Gareth and Kevin. Positions reversed on handicap - this time Gareth, Kevin, Peter.
So today's Boss of the barn is Peter Curtis with two 1sts and a 3rd.
Congratulations to Gareth who taes the handicap series, Tim Lewis takes the Solos. laser resuts are pending but it will be close between Kevin Seebaluck, Ben, Simon and Kevin Pearson when the missing resuts are added in.
Hapy new year everyone.