Tuesday morning saw altocumulus roll clouds in the western sky, a sure sign of wind! Sure enough by 1000 it was blowing old boots!
By 1700 most of the wind had dissipated and the race officer Mike Swingler set the committee boat on the eastern shore for a beat to the south western winds. M class start came and went without any participants. Q fleet then approached the line with a roar of sail, wash, and power toward the start. I did not see too much of the first beat or indeed the course as I was concentrating on U start and course! However it was great to see the 13 strong Q fleet beat up toward Black Rock and beyond into the Bay, I think by Gyllingvase or beyond
The final result saw Geoff Davies take corrected finish time honours ahead of John Hicks on Macavity and beating David Cunliffe On Encore into third place. They all seemed to enjoy a good thrash in the dying westerly winds. Tony Cook and his beautiful new bride "Linda" sailing Jackdaw into 9th place!
10 boats vied for the line in U class. Lenny Trenoweth showing a perfect clean start in Gap Year. Ron Jones in Deep Purple took an early lead as both Lenny and myself struggled with smaller genoa so in the dying breeze. The first mark Governor led us on a deep port pole kite run to St Just. A beat to Trefusis and a marginal kite run to South Narrows. That sorted the fleet. A beat to Governor and port pole to Vilt sorted a few boat lengths but not much on places! The final beat to the line saw Lenny take Ron followed by a very well sailed Wilkie with Bob Chapple and Mike Chard in third place. Moonlighter Paul Collins beat us by 3 seconds over the line! A 25 foot boat against a 23 footer.
Len Cheshire sailed Sweet Friday into first against Paul Jenkins in Zephyrus of Mylor in W class. C'mon guys and girls!, white sail racing is fun!!
In the Sunbeams, Geoff Martin sailed Wendy into a victory against Pixy, Lyulph Hesling, Tantivy, Gilly Fox, and Mary sailed by Neil Hopkins, a newcomer to the fleet
Last but by no means least, Cousin Jinny beat Grace in B class working boats
31 yachts racing in August strong winds!! Well done. Great courses and big thanks to all the helpers on the committee boat, ops room, results, web site, bar, launch etc etc for making yet another fabulous FSC racing night.
We all enjoyed the food, beer and banter in the club après sail.
Please come and join us while the evenings remain light