The sky was blue, with a few fluffy clouds here and there, the sun shone and there was even a decent breeze, albeit slightly variable in direction and strength.
Initial pitch inspection dictated that the only sensible sailing area was off the spit, which gave us the added bonus of a little bit of very welcome shade from the trees as well as the choice of a reasonable course, avoiding most of the wind shadows.
Nominally the wind was blowing from West, occasionally swinging to a North westerly, which dictated a triangle course using red buoys 4, 5 and 6, which firstly took us out into the lake, rounding to port to red 5, in the eastern bay followed by a long run into red 6, in the channel, which we repeated twice, with a short upwind finish. Occasionally we swung the whole course to make a better start but eventually settled on the first course and ignored the slight shifts, sometimes the beats were good, other times, less so.
The racing was very close, with any silly mistake costing dearly but there was an element of luck, as usual, by being in the right place at the right time to either take advantage of any shifts and of course missing the shiny patches.
We welcomed a prospective new member, an experienced helicopter and aeroplane pilot , who is in the process of building a Nip. Although I have taken his results out of the scores, he didn't disgrace himself, scoring a 3rd place in his second race as well as a couple of 5th places, sailing a borrowed boat for the first four races.
From the start a close battle developed between Geoff Raygada and John Simmons and indeed eight out of the twelve first places were shared between Geoff and John, with the others being shared equally between Alan Smedley and Keith Bell.
Keith took a little time to find the sweet spot of Paul Risdale's spare boat, due to his own boat undergoing repairs, but when he got to grips with it, he sailed with his usual skill to collect third prize.
Alan had his moments, especially towards the end but sadly a slow start, saw him just slip behind Paul Risdale, which leaves Colin Davies who simply could not find the correct settings, despite copious fiddling... err, tuning and was even tempted by the loan of a 11/2lb tuning aid !