Race report and week summary

Sunday 16th August 2015

With all the excitement of the Larks visiting it can sometimes feel like after the party when the following week it is back to normal business and you try to put some enthusiasm into our normal club activities. Well it seems quiet the opposite down at the club these days as there is a real buzz about the sailing and the numbers turning up each week seem to prove that. The weather has been a bit hit and miss this year but it definitely has not dampened the spirits out on the water.

Sail training has worked wonders this year and provided the club with some very talented new sailors including a friendly family in the form of the Mammatt’s who seem to be helping out all over the place and joining in all the racing and activities. Good work and well done to Malcolm, Jo and the team for all the time and effort they put in at weekends and of course during the week getting everything ready.

Friday night was a planned social sail which this year seems to have been very well received by most of the club sailors and this week was possibly the best turn out of boats we have had on a Friday and including a great mix of boats and people out there enjoying the sailing and the sunshine. 15 boats turned up to sail and were looked after by the rescue team of Rhys and Nina in the flyer and as the wind was very keen this evening they had their work cut out in keeping up. A few took to the water this evening in double hander boats which included Rosie out in the club Laser 2000 with Jo for her first experience with the Asymmetric sail and proved to be very exciting as it powered across the bay. Apparently it is Lloyds turn next as this evening he took the opportunity to helm the GP14 with James which can itself be a competitive boat in the right conditions.

After the sail the club had organised a thank you buffet and drink for all the members who helped at the Larks and was well attended with around 30 to 40 club members enjoying a very tasty buffet organised by Charlotte who you may remember ran the club house during the Larks. Commodore Martin presented Charlotte with a card and a gift as a thank you and also for good luck as she is starting a new job soon so good luck to Charlotte.

The Sunday race was a 6pm start which was due to tide times and about which we do struggle to control but do our best to plan around them, alas a late start can mean it is difficult for some travelling members to attend but this evening a good turn our prevailed and the course was set. Malcolm was in control and assisted by Bodil ensured that what wind there was which is being reported as F2 to zero made it difficult, however a Monkstone – Amroth – Harbour 3 lap race was set and off the fleet went. It was good to see Hywel back on the water in his race tuned Laser 4.7 mixing it with the regulars after his fantastic trip to Japan with the scouts , apparently there were words coming from his boat as he jostled along the line in Bower fashion that others could not understand but maybe a few choice Japanese expletives can help on occasions to fend of a larger more sturdy fleet member than your self on occasions.

Morris seemed to be struggling this week with the lack of wind in his normally out in front Contender but it was not the case for knit one pearl one or James to the rest of us, maybe the course was not complicated enough to test his skills of course memory but in the Phantom and in these winds he was going to take some beating. There were two though this evening who were going to give it a real try, both Keith in the RS Aero and Paul in his Laser tussled around most of the course chasing James down who though seemed to be able to keep that winning margin which as it happens turned out to be 23 seconds. 2nd was Paul in the Laser and 3rd Keith RS Aero just 13 seconds behind so a close race. Not far behind them though was the rest of the fleet which included Hywel, Rosie, Lloyd, Martin and others so well done to them all as sailing in low wind can just as testing and skilful as when the wind is blowing us out of the bay.

Thanks to Harry, Steve and Terry out on rescue this evening and for the full results can be found on the clubs Facebook pages when the postman delivers the details. Next Sunday we have 10.30 start with 2 races planned so set the alarm ready for that one.

Photos this week include Rosie flying the Asymmetric and Lloyd in the GP14.

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