Mid summer regatta

Saturday 19-06-2021, race officer: Sally Heron.
Wind direction: East, 8-11 M/hr
Course: Z-Port, K-Port, F-Starboard, C-Port, D-port, A-Starboard

The sunshine and warmth of the past week had disappeared, but, on the plus side, the wind was a relatively steady easterly F2-3, which was a pleasant surprise after the recent tortures of southerlies. In addition, A pair of osprey put on a show while boats were being readied. The first race saw 8 boats on the water. Two mirrors, two lasers, a solo, a streaker, a solution and an Enterprise. Bill Myles, in his streaker, made the perfect start, followed closely by the rest of the fleet, but the Laser of Jamie Brown made it round the first mark in front of everyone else. After D mark the two lasers went round the top of the loch, while the rest of the fleet came through the gap. On balance, those who came through the gap had a slight advantage. The wind held steady for most of the race and the final result was Becci Oosterhoorn (laser radial) first, Jamie Brown (laser radial) second, Erwin Oosterhoorn (solo) third, Helen Brown (Mirror) fourth.

The second race was also blessed with a decent easterly, and nearly all the fleet made a good start. This meant a mass arrival at the first mark, with much jockeying for position. Dennis Burgin (solution) got away first, and led the race right to the end, followed by the main pack, with the three slower mirrors forming their own pack. After adjustment for handicap, the results were Becci first, Dennis (solution) second, Jamie third and Mark Kimber (laser radial) fourth.

The wind held for the third race, freshening very slightly. This time the entire fleet arrived at the first mark together, resulting in much manoeuvring and at least one incident, resulting in penalty turns for Becci which dropped her back several places. Nevertheless, she pulled ahead of the fleet by the next mark and stayed at the front to the end of the race. After adjusting for handicap Becci was first, Jamie second, Helen Brown (mirror) third. After discards and count back to separate the 5 boats on 12 points.

First: Becci Oosterhoorn Second: Jamie Brown Third: Dennis Burgin Fourth: Helen Brown