The path to the 2015 Worlds started at the Midwinters this weekend!!
It was a “bit of a day”, weather-wise, at Datchet for the Midwinters today. We all drove through snow to arrive at a green and pleasant Datchet Reservoir! It was even a tad mild (4 degrees or so) versus forecast and the wind, at least at the outset, was not looking like the promised howler. That arrived mid racing ! By the time the fleet made it shore some honking gusts were beginning to pass through.
We had 11 boats at the slip – one had to turn back for family reasons, so then there were 10 braving the conditions. PRO Phil Tinsley laid on a ‘Sprint’ style series – five windward leeward races of around 40 minutes each – with thankfully fast turnarounds.
It turned out to be a very close racing at the top – with Charles Apthorp and Alan Green just taking it by one point from Simon Kneller and Dave Lucas.
Special thanks must go to the Rescue Team, the Race Team and of course, the caterers!!