No pictures this time as it was too cold for anyone to operate a camera! The Icicle series really lived up to it's name today and yet it warms my heart to report eight hardy soles venture into the unknown and came to play, they were rewarded by the weather by what can only be described as a mixed bag! Sometimes it was light and tricky, sometimes it was strong and tricky other times it blew quite sweetly but not everywhere and so being on the right track was important too.
All that having been said there was some great racing with boats matching up performances throughout the fleet, Keith Bell was the star of this round and has cemented his position at the top of the table, the next four, Peter Shepherd, Mike Ewart, Peter Jackson and Geoff Raygada all had their moments and in the end were only covered by 8 points.
At the back newcomer Ian Bell and Derek Lane were having their own private battle with a number of close finishes.
Richard Dolman made the treck up from home only to go out early with a servo/battery issue.
A most enjoyable mornings racing.
Seven stalwarts braved the cold this Saturday for the second round of the Icicle Winter Series of club races. The wind was onshore so Mike Ewart and Keith Bell set a simple course with the start adjacent and parallel with the bank to a windward buoy and the a spreader, back to the start, which was now a gate and back to the windward buoy followed by a downwind finish. The wind was light and fluky until we had finished.
We were pleased that John Burgoine joined us as a guest with his recently completed Wee Nip, which passed scrutineering with no problems. He had not sailed his boat before the event and then proceeded to be in the lead throughout the morning, hopefully he enjoyed his experience sailing with us and will join us in the future. Mike Ewart was consistent as usual and came in second place with his pink boat.
Tim Leese and Ian Bell were fighting it out at the back of the fleet until Ian's borrowed 101 boat developed a problem with the rudder servo and had to retire, consequently we retired to the warmth of the clubhouse and did the results over hot beverages.
The first round of the Winter Series for Wee Nips saw six club members battle it out for the honours, Keith Bell sailed consistantly never out of the top three, Peter Shepherd just managed to hold off the late challenge from this years Wee Nip Medal Champion Peter Jackson courtesy of that big discard (well if you are going to have one have a bigun!). Mike Ewart danced his way into third place and both Derek lane and Tim Leese showed at the front in some races promising much for the future.