Wind in the East! No good for man nor beast! So beset the conditions for Jerry Windebank as Race Officer on Tuesday 30th June. He had 43 boats to start and set courses for the SE wind.
Three Firebirds took off in the hesitant breeze near Trefusis. Once in the Carrick Roads the full force of the wind gave them exciting sailing. Mirri, sail 91 led the others to the finish. The lucky thirteen yachts in Q fleet had an impressive line up with much jostling and shouting. One managed to cross the start early!
The fleet all took off to the eastern shore where the wind was consistently stronger. A good beat to Carricknath sorted them out with a fast kite run back to Trefusis. Two more beats and runs and a return to the crowded finish line allowed John Fox to take first place in Excelle. The ever decreasing wind from Trefusis up the river to the finish led to some frustrating bunching for the skippers, spectacular for those on shore.
U class fielded 11 boats: Len Trenoweth took an early lead on the beat to Carricknath. Hotly pursued by Ron Jones in Deep Purple. Trifle rounded third with Wilkie in 4th. A vast kite run to Trefusis saw Wilkie overhaul into third place. A further beat to Carricknath saw the same order. On the kite run back Deep Purple lost spinnaker sheets twice allowing Trifle to assume third place.
The run back to the line became a lottery with working boats, Sunbeams and any other class vying for what wind, any wind, any direction. In the end Gap Year won with line honours and first on handicap Mary Boon from way behind joined the bunching and took second place on handicap.
The five Sunbeams had some good beats and runs. As with all fleets the subsequent beats turned into a one sided port beat as the wind backed to the east during the evening. V19 Audrey took 1st place. Three G class Gaffers were led to the finish by sail no 67 Katy helmed by Sue Grigg.
Five B class working boats had a thrash around the course, some entangled in the bunching melee. Sail number 54, Grace won with Victory 7 a close second. Last but not least Len Cheshire in 27 Sweet Friday showed the two other W class boats the way to a first place.
Flushing Sailing Club was buzzing with crews spread out on the quay enjoying the soft evening sunshine, warm air, good beer, food and much talk about, “What append was?”
June has sadly gone, hope July brings the same good weather