It was another sodden day on the sodden grass on the sodden rigging area. And to add insult to injury, the forecast 10 knot Sou’Easter didn’t bother to show up. In fact, the only thing that showed up was more rain.
For sure it was disappointing to not get a race in – but on the other hand – it was an enjoyable day nonetheless with plenty of keen small and large cat sailors despite the weather. Not to mention a whole gaggle of Weta Trimarans bent on getting some practise prior to the World Master Games in NZ.
As it was we all drifted out optimistically to a start line that was set equally optimistically by Richard Hipsley and crew David. We then bobbed around and soaked up the atmosphere so to speak. I did say to Richard he should be selling umbrellas. He would have made a fortune.
Surprisingly, Les managed to get Wilbur, his foiling A Class, completely airborne before the wind decided to completely evacuate – so it wasn’t a total loss. Paul English and I came to sail our respective hearts out in an effort to win the coveted Pointscore but instead we were forced to keep our powder dry (as best we could) for the last two races of the season.
Thanks to the TY guys for towing us all home when the race was inevitably abandoned. That act of kindness will not go unforgotten.
So, there are no results to speak of this week.
I must add that a broken beam bolt was discovered on my boat Symphony pre-race. We decided to risk it in the light winds. On the Sunday, Lois and I drilled out and removed the sheared bolt and to our amazement found both 5/16” bolts on the starboard hull were sheared and the only thing holding the hull to the main beam was Silastic adhesive and a large amount of good fortune!! Les Porter very kindly dropped around lending support, advice and tools to get the job done. Thank you Les! I’m picking up some high tensile bolts today (Monday) so we should be back in business for next weekend.
Next week is PS23 and CC8 - WillyWeather predicts a light sou’ Easter. Be sure to come and join in. Only two races left for the season!
Regards, Ross Boyd