Well the last 3 midsummer Sundays brought midwinter gales across Lake Burwain and it's probably one of the few sailing clubs to have hosted sailing in these stormy conditions.
Last Sunday was particularly challenging with skippers having to resort to home made 'E' sails to carry on racing when skippers were more likely to be blown 'in ' the water than 'off' the water.'
Today was another 'D' sail day with a good course just one windward and one leeward mark with 2 laps giving a nice long beat and an exhilarating run.
It was great to see Peter Hilton back now that he has been given NHS permission to rejoin us.
John Sharman took the honours however, Graham Waugh gave him a run for his money with five 1sts. and three 2nds.He has certainly been putting in the practice.
Sailing in these conditions is challenging at best with experience being gained particularly in tacking and preventing the boat from nosediving on the run.
Next week looks like being 'A' sails with a different set of challenges they can bring.
Here are 3 Tips from John Sharman after heavy weather sailing.
1.Remove the boat from transport protection and allow to dry for a few days.
2.Carry something in sail bag to prevent sail sticking to the plastic and allow to dry eg.foam tubes or pipe insulation.
3.Never leave battery in boat after sailing and keep something absorbent in the compartment to absorb any moisture that may get in.