Datchet race report
3 new crews joined the fun ahead of the Midwinters next Saturday. Simon Kneller demonstrated true commitment by setting his alarm for 6.30am on a Sunday morning so he and Dave Lucas could rig their boat to get 2 practice races in. They were joined by locals Jeremy Neech and Tim Barnett who are borrowing a loan boat for the event and John Christensen who gave his classic (1083) its first Sunday outing this year.
These three and the rest of the fleet optimistically took to the water, only to see it turn to glass as the wind deserted us. We were all stunned when the 3 minute gun went off, only to discover, 10 minutes in, that the Race Officer must either work for the Met Office or have divine powers, as the breeze kicked in (building to a staggering Force 4). The racing results were less surprising, with Apthorp & Son and Kneller & Lucas picking up one first and one second place each.
The forecast for next Saturday is currently for champagne conditions – Force 4, gusting 6 with a clear blue sky and a balmy 5 degrees Celsius – which is very promising, given that the Midwinters have been held in snow and a force 8 in the past couple of years,