To say the conditions were rough is an understatement but the Abington Park Wee Nip Design coped fairly well with only a few knock-downs. The wind direction was from the west so the trees and clubhouse were some protection. However this causes some problems with course setting for starts and finishes, so they were split with the start to our right near the dam and then a windward buoy, with a notionally downwind gate followed by the windward buoy rounding and finishing into the previous gate near the shore. The most consistent was Peter Shepherd with a win over John Burgoine followed by Steve Wheeler.
A difficult day to set a course but with much musing a 'W' course was set in the light airs we found ourselves in today. A good note was that the leaky drain has been repaired, and now the pathways are cleared.
The day started with an overcast sky with little wind gradually increasing throughout the day. PS set a triangular course, two laps all to starboard. We had a potential new member and builder of a new Wee Nip today his name was John Linnell, who borrowed a boat from Steve Wheeler. It looks as though his dinghy sailing experience will be a good basis to build from. We all had our little moments but the worst on was 101 going off on it's own merry way. Fortunately PS's PB2 license allowed him to recover 101 using a rib. However he discovered that the fuel tank was not connected, and the best comment of the day was 'It's surprising how far these things will go without fuel'.
This was the second event of the series held in Abington Park Model Boating Lake. When we got there the lake was covered in thick ice, which the two stalwarts cleared by stick and hand. There was also an assorted collection of rubbish, which was also cleared. The Race Officer set a windward leeward course with a spreader to windward. The wind was as usual a bit blustery but the APMYC Wee Nip coped with the conditions. The winner of this event as you can see is Peter Shepherd closely followed by Peter Jackson. Steve Wheeler is also improving and Derek Lane had his good moments. So a cold and windy day with a full compliment of races.
DF95 Racing next at Hollowell Sailing Club next Tuesday 10.00am start.
Wee Nip Club Winter Series Dates
17th Nov at H
15th Dec at AP
12th Jan at AP
26th Jan at AP
9th Feb at H
All Start at 10am.