Race 3 and 4 were run on Sunday. The admirable Harvey Burwin had the unenviable task of setting a course with a fluky southerly and a forecast of wind strength weakening. He took the brave decision to set a seaward start with a beat towards shore to Heron North.
Before the start Harvey and Ben gave an excellent sailors' briefing to explain the course and a stern reminder to avoid the finish line after finishing so as not to confuse the recording of times especially as they would be having to use binoculars to see us!
The start was nicely angled to take account of the outgoing tide and there were lots of wind shifts to make life interesting. There were quite a few places lost and won on that leg. The 4th leg provided a fun broad reach with some keen tactical moves with Lasers trying to protect their wind from the larger rigs of the Wayfarer, sailed very competitively by Allan and David, and the ultra competitive 2000 of Laurie and Mags!
The wind stayed put but remained very changeable so we had fun sailing on a sunny day. The full results are on the HAL website, accessible via the club website racing page. Well done to Laurie, Colin and Richard for 1,2,3 in the first race and Gary, Richard and Colin in the second. It was all very close.
It was good to see Pete on the water in his Laser. Not so great when he returned to the slipway after a bash on the head from the boom. Fortunately Maria had recently renewed her RYA First Aid certificate and was on hand to administer first aid and use up the supplies recently-refreshed by Sue. A check-up at Estuary View and little bit of glue sorted Pete out and he is now fine.
Earlier the Humphries/ Allen Cups were fought out by Cadets Luke, Joe, Victoria, Doug and Scarlett in tricky conditions, Well done to all especially Scarlett who managed to keep going and get a result. Luke just pipped Joe by a few seconds and Victoria was close behind in her Topper when the handicaps had been calculated.
Next Sunday we have the Long Distance Race at 1400 so bring your thermos.