The final Sunday of a difficult and cold Icicle Series started out chilly, and then turned into a reasonable sunny day. The wind still had a keen Northerly edge to it near the lake, as it was from a predominantly northern direction. The wind shelter, when in the dinghy park, made some boat maintenance work a pleasant task.
Congratulations to Dan Langdon for a successful series in his Blaze; Dan and Andrew Wright for second place and Richard Maltby and Malc Bale clinging onto third place under difficult conditions. Thanks to our weekly reporter, Tom Abbott, and to several people who did a race duty even though they weren’t joining the racing.
The conditions were light winds from the east upon arrival at the club at 9:45. By the start of the 10 minute delayed start at 11:10, the wind had started to rise to the forecast strength and was very shifty. Richard Maltby rapidly came to the decision that it was too much to ‘single hand’ a Trio and retired. Steve Briggs and Sue Weston capsized and inverted attempting a gybe at mark 7 on lap 2. The other 4 boats managed to complete the four lap race and finish exhausted and grateful that the ordeal was over. The boats were rapidly put away, so that they couldn’t be tempted out for a second race.
Sunday weather was beautiful sunshine and a cold easterly wind. On the clubhouse shore, the wind seemed to be force 2 – 3. Towards the north shore, the wind was shifty and occasionally gusty. The best tactic to take, going upwind, was to sail a touch freer and faster to give a chance to steer the boat through the shifts. Ray Smith did the best job to take a lead on the water and win both races. The RS200, of the Wrights, took a dip at the gybe at mark 2 in the second race.
Latest results are now to be found on the Results page under the Racing tab
Less hardy icicle competitors can take advantage of the heater in the Race Hut on Sunday. If you don’t like going slow in the forecast light winds, why not take out the safety boat and keep moving?
This weekend is your next opportunity to take your share in race duties. It’s possible that the even share through the series means doing more than one stint so please check the noticeboard and fill the gaps.
Definitely not as cold these days, particularly with the breeze from SE. SE’lies means shifty, but that just made the excellent course set by Richard all the more interesting. Lots of options and fortune favoured the brave. Here’s the results so far: