It was a chilly day with leaden skies and a dark grey sea, reminiscent of England. But no, this was the Mediterranean on an October morning! Despite the unwelcoming weather eight boats ventured out from Garrucha harbour and made the most of the day. The wind was very gusty, northerly and I have to admit to feeling a little uncomfortable at times. I was very grateful for assistance from Andy and Laurie who dragged me away from the rocks after a bad launch from the slipway.
Sailing out of the harbour I launched my gennaker and very quickly felt the power of a gust and capsized but managed to stay dry by stepping onto the dagger board then back into the boat as she righted. A very satisfying dry capsize!
The course was set for a sausage shape as one of our racing buoys has a serious puncture. Hopefully it will be repaired by next Sunday. The start line had to be reset due to the small red buoy drifting away but it was rescued by Andy and Laurie. Thanks to them both for managing the races. Congratulations again go to Andy Bond for winning both races, an excellent performance. The first race had seven boats starting but many decided to head for the harbour before the second race. Race results are shown below.
|Recorded Time||Time in Seconds||Corrected Time|
|Jim Pete & Judith||Wayfarer 8676||1102||4||36||48||2208||2004||2|
|Malcolm||RS Vareo 403||1090||4||40||5||2405||2206||4|
|Barrie Jacqui & Finlay||Wayfarer 2||1102||4||43||20||2600||2359||5|
|Peter & Luca||FD 1898||879||4||36||26||2186||2487||6|
|Dave & Maggie||Express||1135||3||47||3||2823||3316||7|
|Malcolm||RS Vareo 403||1090||1||DNF|