Not for the first time this year, we had 10 boats on the start line. Today, however, was a first. All the skippers were from Burwain - none were visitors. Without doubt the club continues to grow however, with growth comes growing pains as we were soon to discover.
With 10 boats come 10 opportunities for things to go wrong ... and go wrong, they did! Peter Hilton (GBR 434) suffered boat failure of more than one kind and retired from racing from race one. Two boats needed servo changes, Hugo Chandor's GBR 455 (rudder) and Alan Brierly's 12 (sail-winch) and at the end of the day disaster struck Fran Fairclough's GBR 701. His boat was almost reduced to kit form by the rock armour that borders the lake. It was recovered without a keel or rudder. Worse was yet to come as the transfer to the jetty resulted in his D sail and rig going overboard and promptly sinking.
That the fleet was somewhat disaster struck was less to do with numbers and more caused by the weather. Once again we were sailing in maximum possible winds with 50mph gusts, pushing the Lasers to their limits. Once again, with boats fixed and back on the water, they prove they are more than up to the task.
Podium places went to:
Hugo Chandor (GBR 455) - 11 points,
Richard Whittle (GBR 801) - 23 points)
Graham Waugh (GBR 76) - 25 points)
Special mention goes to newcomer Andy Davis who, sailing for the first time with his new boat took two 2nd place finishes and who may, had he not missed two races, have finished overall 4th.