24 entrants turned out to take part in an ambitious 7 race series last weekend at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club. Not a huge fleet but highly competitive with close quarter racing throughout.
4 back to back races were sailed on Saturday in a strong but steady breeze. Triangles and sausages lead to some adventurous gybing at the wing mark and full speed reaching in between. A couple of “generals” and the black flag was the order of the day.
Saturday saw a substantial drop in wind strength and a more variable wind direction. Headache for the race officer who was confident enough to bin starts in the last minute. Typical Chew conditions meant big gains and losses to be made, particularly upwind.
After a period where it appeared that the wind was going to fall away completely the sea breeze kicked in and all three Saturday races were ultimately completed in very reasonable wind conditions. After treating us so well the weather changed abruptly we enjoyed a lengthy torrential downpour as everyone was packing up!
As usual the cream rose to the top and consistent results saw a real battle for the top places. Particular mention to Dave and Mal in FF759 who pulled the stops out on Saturday, it was fantastic to see a beautiful 54 year old classic showing us the way round in the company of the newest boats out of the mould.
Congratulations to the Chew Valley Sailing Club race team, rescue team and shore volunteers for laying on a really successful and thoroughly enjoyable championships.