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A Laser day in fickle winds

By svsc, Apr 1 2017 10:45PM

The forecast light and variable WSW-NNW wind turned out every bit as difficult as expected, but it did reach top force 2 at times and the rain did manage to largely miss us..

The first 3 boats out were Lasers, later joined by a Laser Radial, Comet and Firebird. Jim in his first race for a while was determined to make his mark, quickly getting to the front and staying there the whole race. Adam, who has just joined the racers, worked hard to compete and finished third.

The light winds made us feel that we might not bother with the other races, but we decided to have tea and see how the weather developed. When we came out again, the wind had picked up to quite a lively level and all six decided to race again.

We got off to a good start for the first lap or so, then the wind veered and became very variable again. This time Adam put the pressure on and got to the front, despite having to take a penalty turn, to lead the last two laps. Unfortunately his 45 second lead was not enough to beat the Radial on corrected time, but it was a real achievement to beat Mike and Jim in the Lasers. Great to see a young newcomer doing so well. Lets hope more join him soon.

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