Winter Series (Day 9) Ice Picks and Storm Suits

February 13, 2017

An unbelievable days endurance test. One for the truly commited (or those who should truly be committed!) With water rocking the pontoons and spray drenching those that launched it was clear we would face a challenge. Sleet driven horizintally across the lake by a steady 20 -25 knot howler made viewing the boats as they struggled toward the windward mark painful. Nevertheless the 3 intrepid die hards, Richard Whittle (GBR 801), Fran Fairclough (GBR 701) and Hugo Chandor (GBR 455) got 4 races away and complete before retiring for lunch.

After lunch the brilliant idea of sailing from within the clubhouse was mooted. Luxury. Perfect viewing and radio reception made sailing from the warmth of the clubhouse ideal. Until ... Fran Fairclough experienced problems with a tangled winch!

The calm of the clubhouse was then abandoned as reality struck home. It was on with the storm suits, crampons and spikes, ropes and ice picks to brave the trek around the lake to the far side. Rescue 1 was successful, however the next race brought about a second rescue mission, again with Fran's boat who up until that point had been enjoying some extremely good results.

All in all it was definitely an outstanding day, that will long live in the memory, that demonstrated yet again what a superb, versatile and tough boat the RC Laser really is.

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