Last Wednesday’s Sailing Club event didn’t take place, due to strong winds and heavy swell, but by Saturday conditions had eased a little.

It was still not for the fainthearted, though, with winds the top end of force 4 and gusts of force 6 NNW.

Sailing Club beach

In the pierhead, Andy Mansell and Tom McMahon had a Starboard D course
set.

Before racing took place, Leanne Herbert broke her tiller extension of the club Pico and had to return to the harbour and miss race one. Meanwhile, Mike Cook retrieved a plastic tray covered in crustaceans from the sea and handed it to the safety boat crew.

In race one, Mike Cook (Laser Radial) and Jonathan Thomas (RS Vareo) had a good start and close racing for the first three laps. Jonathan went well, managing to sail his spinnaker in the conditions, and pulled away into the lead, but not enough to beat Mike on handicap.

John Palser found it hard going, sailing with a full Laser sail, and retired to change his sail to a Radial for the second race.

Result: 1, Mike Cook; 2, Jonathan Thomas; John Palser DNF; Leanne Herbert DNS.

In race two, most of the contenders had a bad or slow start, leaving Mike Cook to take the lead and hold it to the finish line.

Safety boat crew Dave Peters and Paul Gumbleton were kept busy attending capsizes. Leanne, Jonathan and ‘The Doctor’ (Pico) retired, leaving Mike and John Palser (Laser Radial) to complete the six-lap race.

Alan Peck, arriving at the water’s edge with trollies to tow the boats across the beach back to the slipway, was a most welcome sight after a testing but
enjoyable afternoon.

Result: 1, Mike Cook; 2, John Palser; Leanne Herbert DNF; ‘The Doctor’ DNF;
Jonathan Thomas DNF.