In Keith’s and Geoff’s absence I have been volunteered to give my impressions of yesterdays sailing, seen from the pointy end of Jo Mayes boat.
The Wanderer Inland Championships meant that our race was confined to a proportion of the main lake and the virtually triangular course of HBWX, all to port , resulted in a good initial beat , followed by a length of tight spinnaker reach, a decent spinnaker run, finishing with a final beat back to the start/finish line. Six boats competed in a strengthening Force threeish wind. Although this provided an enjoyable sail, there proved little opportunity for close boat to boat competition. Most of the decision making revolved around the choice of route/side for the beat. Mike B. pulled away from the fleet, followed by Dan K and Paddy. For Jo`s part, having completed a photographic assignment with the Wanderer fleet and having made a marginally late start, was able, after an initial knocking the novice crew into shape session, to experience that warm inner glow that came from edging past John MS and Eric ( and at the end, even threatening Paddy’s composure.)
The afternoon race was abandoned as five out of the six boats turned in at lunchtime, which leaves me short on humorous quips about buying the afternoon tea. Even so the morning race, with its somewhat restricted course made for a good sail and a pleasant contrast to last week’s over the top weather conditions. The final message to the rest of the FF sailors remains as always……Please come and join us, the waters lovely….