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Spring Series (Day 8)

It was the long awaited Easter Handicap event. Only the first race was run with all boats crossing the start at the same time. Frome the second onwards, all boat start times were dependant on their previous finishing position. (Start last if you won the race before, or first if you came last.) This popular event drew all the regular skippers to the lake and with 9 boats on the water made for some excellent racing. The handicap system benefits skippers in numerous ways and has been a popular experiment. Starts are improved as skippers get improve their run to the line. Rules are learned quicker as the fleet comes together toward the end of the race, and skippers that might sometimes get left

A Break from the Lake

With a gap in the Spring Series due to a sailing club Open Meeting, several RC Laser sailors were clearly concerned about the possible effects of withdrawal symptoms. Seeking a new venue, 4 intrepids headed for the canal outside Barrowford. If the aim was to try a different sailing experience, it was certainly successful. Weed, swans, canal barges, houseboats and irate farmers all contributed to a day with a difference. Add to the mix the most bizarre wind patterns we had ever experienced (two boats could sail towards each other and a head on collision, both fully on the run) and it was certainly a challenging day. Great fun, enjoyed by Sarah Norton, Graham Waugh, Fran Fairclough and Hugo Ch

Spring Series (Day 7)

Repeatedly photo finishes are becoming the norm at Burwain , as standards improve across the fleet. Hugo Chandor (GBR 455) was frequently allowed to romp away from the start and gained sufficient advantage to win every race he started. For the rest of the fleet, however, the results were as topsy turvy as they could be, with every skipper scoring at least one second place finish and at least two top three finishes. (Every skipper, that is, except Sarah Norton who began with rudder issues - the boat, of course - and never really recovered). A mention in dispatches must go to Darius Fard (GBR 926) who at last broke the through the seemingly impenetrable wall that has existed above him in the r

Burwain RC Lasers

Reedymoor Lane, Foulridge, Colne,
Lancashire, BB8 7LJ