It Sunday afternoon and Day 21 of the UK's hottest spell since '76 with ten boats are slitting the water ahead of the lastest skirmish of BWSC's Summer Series 2. Never mind the 100+ other people on the water including yachts, dinghies, motor boats, rowing boats, SUPs and a naval frigate.
The wind today at its most fickle, capricious and damnable. For instance, at the start, the fleet beat strongly to windward whereat the wind flipped 180 degrees and everyone beat back again to the erstwhile leeward mark.
Though it did settle to an Easterly, many weirdnesses were on show. For instance we watched several boats making good way downwind whilst an adjacent boat was sitting stationary going up wind. There is nothing quite as miserable as watching boats whiz passed as you sit in your private doldrum.
Despite busy sailing around the course (Scouts at one end and CQ with about x40 9 year olds at the other) the fairway stayed pretty clear, though a stand (? collective noun) of about twenty SUPs did float through at 15:07.
Ben and Cathy navigated the gusts with gusto to finish first but after handicap adjustment it was 1,2 and 3 for the dazzling Comets of Mark, Richard and Adrian. Great sailing all round despite intense heat, variable winds and much collateral action on the water. Bravo!
1. Richard Walker Comet 374
2. Mark Hicks Comet 377
3. Adrian MacFarlane Comet 378
4. Ben Palmer and Kath Cashman Scorpion 383
5. Jude and Celine Firefly 435
6. Kelvin Palmer and crew Wanderer 436
7. Jackie Draper Laser R 451
8. Oleg Milisic Laser 520
9. Richard Jones Gull 607
Rupert Diffey Firefly Retired