Sunday saw a very light SE breeze which dropped off during the morning giving Race Officer Dave Guthrie a ‘difficult’ job to get two races finished even with shortened courses. He managed to start the third but had to abandon as the wind died. Close racing saw Jon Turner win from Tim Parsons by only 2 seconds in an hour long race 8, and similarly 2 seconds separated second and third places in race 9, while Jon and Tim held first and second, this time with 2 minutes between them over 30 minutes of racing. Jerry Rook made third in both races.
A pleasant sunny morning, but not ideal for sailing. Nevertheless, the first Oppie races took place with 4 young competitors, all in their second season of learning to sail. They were unable to make it to the start line in time in the light winds, so safety boat helm Alan Cottis set them an inshore course and monitored them closely over both legs. He felt they made an excellent start to their racing. Ed Stubbs won overall with a first and a second place, with Archie Sowerbutts taking the honours in the second race.
Oppie leader Archie Melville, left, heads Ed Stubbs, centre, closely followed by Raff Porter.
Centre are Tim and Sarah Parsons, in second place in the main racing, tacking upwind.
LRSC members competed in the Round the Island race in Simon Boyle’s 37ft cruising boat, and were among the 800 finishers of 1500 starters. Conditions were described by Dan Alsop as ‘boisterous’, 20 to 30 knot winds resulting in dismasting, collisions and even one boat sinking.
‘There was never a dull moment,’ said Dan, ‘we left Lymington quay at 7am and got back in about 10pm in the dark, concentrating every moment. A classic race, Simon’s crew all enjoyed it!’