Egg Series - Michael
Sunday the Fourth
of April dawned bright and fair, or
nearly. First thing, it was dull, with no breeze at all. The forecast
was for a warm sunny day with gentle winds from the west. And so it
transpired, although the gentle winds were sometimes there, sometimes
not. And sometimes swinging round from the North West and gusting. As
is usual for our stretch of the river.
We were running our first race since 3 November 2019, with all the RYA
guidelines and COVID rules from the government to be observed. Two
Mikes were OOD, AOD and patrol boat, and there were seven intrepid
souls in boats - Graham, Josh W, Dane, Bryan, Nigel, Rodger and
Alastair. Three races for the Easter Egg Trophy.
Firstly, it's important to mention that we had restrictions in place
with regard to distancing, and that each member was self sufficient
with food and drink, as the clubhouse was closed. Anti-bac and hand
sanitation stations were in evidence, and all the appropriate rules
were observed, which happily didn't hinder the sailing process, as the
committee had planned in advance.
The first race, at 13:30 in order to give plenty of time for setting
up, was a dog-leg downstream of the start line, with a top and bottom
quickly became apparent that the wind wasn't boisterous enough for
this, and the current was deceptively strong, so for the second and
third races, something resembling the America's Cup course was set,
with two marks up stream and two downstream, and with perfect timing,
the wind picked up.
There was a bit of drama as the AOD had placed the port and starboard
flags on the wrong marks upstream, resulting in some boats going
through the marks and some going round the marks, all in a stiff
breeze, causing some consternation and a few comments.
Happily for the AOD, all that was forgotten quite quickly, as in a
different incident, a Bosun rammed a Skipper amidships with a
satisfying noise. Incredulous gasps all round. Thankfully (and
incredibly) no damage to the Skipper.
The Lasers came out on top, unsurprisingly, in the light winds, with
their weight, displacement and decent sail area, over the Bosun,
Graduate, Gull and Skipper but everyone had a satisfying sail, with
minimal risk, and we think this will work for future events, and
further ahead, opening up the club for normality again.