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Class Captains Drinks

100 guests attended the drinks party on Thursday, I think you can say it was really successful and so very kind of Cheryl and Roger to host the event in their lovely garden. Thank goodness it was a dry warm evening.
its been a fantastic week of sailing/socialising, a great highlight of the club and such a delight to have such lovely friendly guests from other divisions join us. Lots of laughter, lots of fun and lots of serious sailing.

​photo by Caroline Dunn
Last Saturday Goerge gave a brilliant talk on the racing rules and answered a number of questions that has been troubling people. What resoundingly came out of the talk is that many skippers (experienced ones as well) are making “errors/mistakes” and not owning up to them and doing their spin when they are in the wrong. Perhaps, as a fleet, we might adopt this mindset. We may ask George to do another session later in the season and hopefully more people will attend with lots more scenarios. If anyone would like the slides please let me know.

Second best is good enough for Lass

X80 1c

Of the 50 boats racing during Points Week half were in the XOD fleet – 22 local boats augmented by three visitors from Cowes.  Monday’s race provided one of the closest finishes with X55 Falconet (Peter Lawrence, Ron Parker and Jim Dunn) just half a boat’s length ahead of X80 Lass (Jeremy Lear and John Tremlett) after two hours racing.  Tuesday’s race was a little more clear cut when X26 Catherine (Colin McKinnon with Neil and Ros Hart) established a early lead that could not be bettered by Lass who was again second.  On Wednesday for most of the race it appeared that this would be Lass’s day but X90 Astralita (Mike Martell, Fraser Graham and Tim Copsey) thought better and overhauled her by the final leg home.  Winds on Thursday were the strongest of the week gusting 25 knots and clearly suited X50 Xcitation (Roger Yeoman with Roddy Bridge) taking first place ahead of Lass in the two spot yet again.  In Friday’s medium breeze X50 established a lead from the start, took the direct route to the windward mark on the Winner Bank and was not challenged although Lass held on to make it a full set of second places.  However, Lass’s consistency was more than enough to take first place overall in the series for the Benson Platter.  Xcitation was second and Astralita third.