Winter Series (Days 8 and 9)

Two days at Burwain that could not have brought more contrast. If there was any similarity in weather it could only have been in temperature, as winter chills were making their presence felt.

 

The Ridiculous

Day 8 brought a blow that would have kept all other classes off the water. With winds consistently over 40 mph, gusting to almost 50 mph the day was always going to be a test for the hardy. Three races in and it was agreed to sail from within the sanctuary and warmth of the clubhouse - a luxury that most other venues do not have. With perfect viewing of the entire race course, the only difficulty some had in controlling their boats was the operation of transmitters while clutching a cup of tea! 

All agreed, by the end of the day, that the RC Laser is a remarkable boat for its strength and capacity to be sailed in virtually any weathers.

After 12 races sailed Hugo Chandor took the spoils followed by Graham Waugh (2nd) and Richard Whittle (3rd), the latter two separated by just 1 point.

 

The Sublime

Day 9 took the weather to the opposite extreme. The forecast was for 1mph winds for the first hour rising, as the day progressed, to 5 mph gusting - if that's the right word - to 7 mph. It proved to be completely accurate and, with A rigs fitted, the 6 skippers present were able to enjoy a slow but tactically testing day. 

Darius Fard (GBR 26), for the first 6 races seemed unstoppable with a string of either 1st or 2nd place finishes. After lunch (we don't know what he had eaten) his results dropped to a consistent 3rd place.

The eventual winner was Graham Waugh (GBR 76). Winning by only 1 overall point, he pushed Fard into 2nd with Richard Whittle (GBR 801) taking 3rd.

 

With next Sunday (27th) forecast for perfect winds, only 3 days left in the Winter Series, and points at the top of the Leader Board now looking extremely close we look foreward to some excellent racing once again.

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