A chill wind blew from the east over the dam wall, and gradually increased in strength throughout the day, some of the skippers were sailing on "big" water for the first time and this showed on occasions although generally everyone handled the conditions very well.
The two main protagonists over the last couple of years, John Simmons & Keith Coxon, were both on fine form and Geoff Raygada kept managing to sneak out of nowhere and give them a run for their money.
The next skipper in the queue was the home grown talent of Peter Jackson sailing his recently revamped Red Rooster. then following him closely were three mid-fleet skippers whose scores were all very tight, Tom Steel who had some very good results but lacked consistency, Alan Smedley the highest placed Emberton Park skipper, actually top man all round and Paul Risdale whose boat on this occasion remained in it's wooden form although with the heavy chop it did occasionally leap like salmon.
Following these three home were Richard Dolman & Dave Alexander both of whom gave a good account of themselves, Dave would have finished higher up if it hadn't of been for not completing the last three races. Rob Bell, (sorry the Bells registration names are all gone) was introduced by Emberton Park and with his boat borrowed from Geoff Raygada soon started to get to grips with "Radio Sailing" (that one's for you Keith).
The rest of the skippers all had "difficulties" at various points throughout the event which is probably why they appear in the bottom half of the scorecard however it was good that they came out to support the event and we look forward to working with them over the coming year hopefully we can improve their standings.
The next Wee Nip event is at Emberton Country Park on Saturday 19th March 2016 where our hosts have assured us of a good welcome, we will also be running some fund raising for Sport Relief in conjunction with the event, we hope to see you there.