Thursday evening - round 7
This week RS's dominated the starting line, with a 300, 2 x 600's & 3 x 400's with the addition of a phantom to the starting line, it certainly wasn't a slow fleet.
The wind direction, as has been the case for so many weeks now, proved challenging, with huge shifts & huge holes providing a stern test for helm & crew. Having said all that, Andy & Ciara did a great job for the night as RO's - thanks both.
Back to the racing... a fairly even start saw Mike/Tony, Sam (in a 600 tonight) & Crispin/Leslie challenging for the lead - Mike just edging the others out to take the lead at the windward mark, only for a navigational faux pas, compounded by the crew insisting the direction we were travelling in would be "ok", resulting in a slip from 1st to 5th by the leward mark...
By this stage Crispin & Sam had pulled out in front of all other challengers & the race for 1st/2nd was between them. Eventually, Mike clawed back into 3rd position on the water.
Corrected results for the evening saw 1st - Crispin/Leslie 2nd - Sam 3rd - Andy Bownes 4th Mike/Tony
Rumour has it you could put Sam Knight on an ironing board with a hanky & he'd still be in the top three...(no green eyed monster here!)
Off the water chilli & a pint of "two hoots" was not to be sniffed at. Talk soon turned to the upcoming Southern Champs for the RS fleets & the rather daunting negotiation of the chain ferry...
Hope to see a few more of you on a Thursday night - you're really missing a good night !