Wednesday series 16th May 2012
Whereas the previous week had been characterised by cold, rain and some wind, tonight's sail was in really light winds, with a long first circuit, taking in #1 to get a beat in early, thence down to 5, then 4, off to #6, 2, 8, 1 and 9 (if memory serves me!) the first beat was such that the early starters were beset by variable winds, whereas later (Albacore and Osprey) could set for 1 almost without tacking. The wind failed most of the Streakers and the Firefly on the way to 5, so much so that eagle-eyed, I decided there was more wind the South side of the far shallows, however this left a long extra leg to get to 5, meaning that it didn't really pay, as the Streakers and co. did pick up a bit of a breeze after a while. Again later, there were shifts and holes in the wind, and it was just into the final minutes up the last mark before the Albacore managed just to pip Rob Parnaby who is taking over from Dave Metcalfe as the fast boat to catch in the Streaker phalanx. The Osprey showed a clean pair of heels to us all, having some effective spinnaker usage on this one, long circuit.