Dinghy racing – October 4

With a promising forecast – cool but a comfortable base wind and reasonable gusts – it was surprising not to see windsurfers at the Club, although only 1 Dart was man enough to take to the water for the afternoon pursuit races, along with 4 single handers. William Redman set a broad figure-of-eight course starting from the water at No2, where the north-easterly was gathering good pace and kicking up a few waves. Despite a 6 minute handicap Dave Walker had plenty of time to overhaul the dinghies, and as the 30 minutes signal sounded had lapped all but 2, assisted in Kevin Brennan’s case when he managed to lose his way. For the second race the wind shifted slightly northwards and eased a little, benefiting the dinghies this time, although the ever-consistent Kevin B again took a wrong course approaching the penultimate mark – perhaps it’s dis-numeracy? – but as the whistle sounded there were 3 dinghies within 6 boat lengths (socially-distanced, of course), Kevin Holmes just keeping Your Correspondent at bay. Obviously the promised backhander to the OOD wasn’t quite enough to encourage him to extend the race by another minute! This time Dave Walker could only look on from afar, a long way behind.

A good afternoon’s workout under bright skies for racers and for the handful of leisure sailors which included a couple of new members keen to become involved, as well as the hardy kayakers.

With a similar forecast for Sunday why not come along and join in the fun?