The opening day of the regatta brought welcome sunshine and warmth but not a huge amount of breeze. Fortunately the Race Committee led by RO Piers Lambert and ARO Nick Readings did a brilliant jobs of achieving three races in tricky conditions. The opening two races were laid windward leeward courses and the final race was around the cans taking the fleet back to finish at Creekmouth.
It would be entirely fair to say it was a day of snakes and ladders with most boats getting a taste of the front, back and middle of the fleet at some stage. By the end of the day however, the cream had as usual risen to the top and the overnight leader, and winner of a A Glaze polishing kit and a very smart set of Mylor Chandlery & Rigging sail-ties, was Jeremy Newman sailing Avocet with Ollie Newman and Ed Gibbons. Hard on Jeremy’s heels with only a single point separating them is Dan Willett sailing Bidi with Fraz and Ben Willett, whilst in third place it’s Maddy Anderson helming Windsprite crewed by Fin Anderson & Tom Ballantine.
The forecast for today’s concluding races looks fantastic with warm sun and a lovely breeze in the mid to upper teens – true champagne sailing. Rumours abound that Egret and Dulcet may be joining us today to bring the fleet up to 15 and racing gets underway at 14.00. Competitors are reminded to listen out on Ch M1/37 for details of the race committee’s location and friends and family are welcome to join us in the Yacht Club for the final prize giving after sailing (watch Facebook for an update on our return ashore and estimated prize giving time).