Once again, the lake does not disappoint in providing Burwain skippers new challenges. With a fresh ENE wind ensuring that the breeze was coming straight down the lake from left to right when observed from the viewing platform, one might have assumed that, with no apparent obstacles within 1/4 mile it would be plain sailing. But no ...
C rig was the order of the day. (Chandor unwisely tried a B for one race and immediately regreted it.)
With six skippers on the line and standards improving across the fleet, the racing was always going to be tight and so it proved with plenty of photo finishes yet again all the way down the fleet.
What no one had allowed for were the extraordinary wind pockets in the middle of the lake. These holes could stop a boat on its way to the finish line, with a clear lead of 20-30 metres and send it to the back of the fleet. Almost everyone experienced this at least once!
The results were once again indicative of how much the fleet is improving. All six skippers boasted top 3 finishes. 5 skippers had several top 2 finishes and 4 skippers took bullets. An excellent days sailing with 16 races sailed.
Huge congratulations go to the newest Burwan member Alan Brierly (GBR 1112) who took overall 3rd place. Ahead of him were Whittle (GBR 801) in second and Chandor (GBR 455) in 1st.