What a bizarre days' sailing!
The day started with A rigs and extremely light breezes. Although race cancellations were never an issue (there was always just enough to give the fleet hope) it was still a start to the day for those clever at spotting clues.
Without question the skipper to beat for the first 6 races was Peter Hilton (GBR 034). Seemingly unstoppable and with a stream of good decisions he took two wins and was never out of the top three. Luckily for the rest of the fleet (but not for Peter) he had to retire for the afternoon.
Hugo Chandor (GBR 455) almost had the reverse day. With his boat failing and then the club boats giving up he missed the first four races but shared a boat kindly lent by newcomer Sarah Barria Norton. He took 5 wins from 5 races sailed but that was not enough (with points dropped from all the races missed) to challenge the increasingly consistent Richard Whittle (GBR 801) for overall 1st place.
After lunch B rigs were pressed into service but then changed, as the wind freshened, for the smaller C rigs.
A special 'congratulations' goes to Sarah Barria Norton (GBR 460) who, although a regular visitor to the club, raced for the first time today. A 'wecome back' too, to Darren Mussell who after a lengthy absence will hopefully be racing again regularly. He certainly put in a great shift almost duplicating Hilton's scores from the morning. With his first race being Race 7 he went on to take one win and in 6 races never finished out of the top 3.
Without question the fleet is improving by the day. Photo finishes are becoming common place and those that previously took up their places at the back of the fleet are now frequently leading the way.
The Burwain fleet is not only growing in numbers but in skill.