Datchet Racing, The Admiral’s Race Report – Sunday 7th July….

Sailed the first race only today having a lunch to attend (on Sunday! Highly unpopular)

VC not available so I sailed with Mark.   Mervyn with Callum, Andy with Mark, Roger and Tony.     It was a super morning – some sun and a lovely if somewhat flukey wind, F3 gusting 4 and a tight first reach which rewarded those who resisted the temptation to put up spinnakers.    All were roughly on the line for the first start with Andy in particular going fast and pointing high.    He was first at the windward mark and then up went his spinnaker.     Firths caught up by the end of the first reach and were ahead at the lee mark after a splendid planing run. .   Wind flukes made the next two beats chancy but we maintained sufficient lead to the finish.    Andy and Mervyn fought closely over second place.     (I think Andy made it).

John Watling was there with his beautiful woody but did not race.

 

Mervyn’s Comments:-……

To complete the record, the highlight of the day was another visit to the emergency room – this time for Tony after Roger’s kicker block sliced his head open (perhaps we need to replace anchors with crash helmets at Datchet). The photo of Tony with red hair and half of his face red is a must to add to the website.

So what with that and Mike’s social life, Andy and Mervyn were left to match race which was great fun. Mervyn led off and meanly covered Andy up the first two beats only to crash gybe at the leeward mark when sailing by the lee under pressure from Andy’s speed on the run and let Andy through. Andy was not quite as mean in covering up the beat and let
Mervyn through – only to regain the lead on a 2-sail reach when Mervyn and Callum were carrying 3. The excitement continued to the bitter end with Callum’s spinnaker work just giving them the inside position at the leeward mark and crossing the line about a boat-length ahead. Great fun and well worth delaying lunch for. Btw Mervyn and Callum just managed to pip Andy and David to the post in race 1 also (revenge for all the times it’s gone the other way!)

1 thought on “Datchet Racing, The Admiral’s Race Report – Sunday 7th July….

  1. To complete the record, the highlight of the day was another visit to the emergency room – this time for Tony after Roger’s kicker block sliced his head open (perhaps we need to replace anchors with crash helmets at Datchet). The photo of Tony with red hair and half of his face red is a must to add to the website.

    So what with that and Mike’s social life, Andy and Mervyn were left to match race which was great fun. Mervyn led off and meanly covered Andy up the first two beats only to crash gybe at the leeward mark when sailing by the lee under pressure from Andy’s speed on the run and let Andy through. Andy was not quite as mean in covering up the beat and let
    Mervyn through – only to regain the lead on a 2-sail reach when Mervyn and Callum were carrying 3. The excitement continued to the bitter end with Callum’s spinnaker work just giving them the inside position at the leeward mark and crossing the line about a boat-length ahead. Great fun and well worth delaying lunch for. Btw Mervyn and Callum just managed to pip Andy and David to the post in race 1 also (revenge for all the times it’s gone the other way!)

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