The Jetstream is taking a dive southward to the UK squeezing out the dominant anticyclone; hence the fickle easterly winds have given way to a steady northerly flow.
So Stuart Higgins and the Atalanta pirates positioned Lizzie, the committee boat adjacent to West Narrows buoy and set us a brilliant beat to North Bank. Spring tide was ebbing so which way to go? We favoured the eastern shore but got buried at the start, eventually making our way across.
Two Firebirds went zooming off in the fresh breeze, which showed signs of dropping a little. They were followed 5 minutes later by 9 Q class yachts all-bustling for a clean start. Temeraire, Martin Eddy took the line on the button closely followed by Rampage, John Hicks.
Next away eleven U class jostled for starboard tack starts. The fleet split with half on the eastern shore and tíothers on the western edge.
Eight Sunbeams joined the fray and were followed by four W class white sail fleet, four G fleet then tried their best and were followed last but not least by six B class working boats.
Numbers are creeping up as the season rolls on and 44 boats is a good tally for a small club!
U class had a good beat to North Bank (port) then a starboard pole kite run to Trefusis (port). Gybe onto Port pole and run to Black Rock (port) then a brilliant long beat back against the elements to North Bank (port) and finish. Carrick Roads was a lively place with yachts tacking everywhichway and then a myriad of colour as spinnakers were set.
The Ops room was very busy with lots of closely fought finishers at the club line, toots coming thick and fast as positions were made and lost on the final beat. Thanks to Stuart and crew, Kay for the committee boat and all in the ops room, bar and caterers. Last but not least a very harassed Giles for taking us out and bringing us all back.
Iím off to Dartmouth in the wobble box for a few days, the results are on the website and you all enjoy Falmouth Town Regatta on Saturday.
our ever-present Harbour Master
Cornish Meadow, the ultimate Firebird
close finishing between Rampage and General Khaos
Rampage always look as if they are enjoying themselves
Encore, Orijin and Excelle nipping and tucking.
Working Boats working hard: Abigail (the cheque's in the post) Rose, Grace and Rita
and U class together: a little Trifle, Kaimana and Popincoota
Miss Agnes takes line honours from Charm