Brass Monkey, Sunday 15 January 2017

It started wet and cold with poor visibility and very light winds.  So, why would anyone want to emerge from the under the duvet to be at EYC to rig a boat, change into some kit and then race for 2 hours?  I can tell you why...

Firstly, there was bacon rolls from the galley to spur you on and give you a second breakfast :-)  Then, we all have enough suitable kit to get appropriately dressed, so no excuse really!!  And finally, we owe it to all those who give up their free time to organise the racing in advance and then run it on the day.  And the bonsus afterwards was hot soup and bread to warm you up.

The light winds were variable, starting off south/southwest and then becoming southwest/westerly before backing again.  Still, it made for an interesting race with 16 boats on the water - lots of shouting on the start line as nearly everyone went for line bias rather than clear water and air.  The race across the river reminded everyone why they needed to pay attention to the tide.  Most boats got stuck in the incoming tide, although a few old-timers sailed down wind past the moorings and then went across. It was pretty cold and miserable but we all stuck it out for a second race.  Both races were close-run, especially for the lasers and the asymmetric/symmetric spinnaker debate can continue as the course favoured one and then the other.

Thank you to Paul and Sarah for being our bedraggled race officers, and to Ed, Colin, Aaron and their crews for providing safety cover.  Also, a bog thank you to Thabit's mum for the soup afterwards and to Paul G for the bacon rolls before. 

Results will be delayed as they need to retrieved and processed!  A small selection of photos are on the Club Facebook page for people to see what we did and what others missed.

NEXT RACE: Sunday 29 January: Briefing at 10am and Race start at 11am, so get there for 9ish and get your boat rigged in time.

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