This was made possible by the sterling efforts of committed members who overcame the usual catalogue of tricky issues in laying the slipway on Saturday. Especially those who ended up wet and muddy from being underneath the infernal structure.
The Opening Splash was contested by a dozen single handers. 6 Laser Standards, 3 Radials, a Topper, a 29er and a 2000 pluckily piloted by Laurie Dengate.
We were very fortunate to have Brian Golton stand in at the 11th hour as Race Officer and he set an interesting boomerang course with a proper start line expertly laid by Allan and Doug in the safety boat.
We had a true beat to the windward mark followed by a dead run and two reaching legs.
The 29er with the Dyer boys got away well followed by Richard at the first Mark with Mags close behind and the pack a little further backtracking on each others toes.
At the third Mark Mags tried to sail over the top of Richard who defended his wind and this allowed Graham Harbord to slip up the inside of Mags but without "mark room" established before the zone. He executed a 360 in exoneration and allowed Mags back into 3rd which she held until the final run until she lost patience with the light conditions and knocked off early for a cuppa.
As the wind died the Dyers pressed home their advantage and ran out easy winners with Richard next as first Laser and followed by Gary Danielicz next and first Radial. The Topper with Victoria deserves a mention as the best Cadet and 5th overall.
The wind remained very light and the Spring Series 1and 2 were abandoned without a ball being bowled but we had a very sunny and enjoyable Opening Splash that was enjoyed by all, at least until that excruciatingly slow final run against the strengthening tide in lightening airs.
Well done to all those who squeezed their boats through to the finish and to Brian for making it possible.
Full results will be posted on the website soon.