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    Posted: 09 Mar 14 at 7:27pm
After all the rain, gloom & mud bathed launches, we had a beautiful day here today, warm, boardies ad crash vest weather, and for the first time ever, in my single handed sitting down career, I cut my first port ender...

Time was I pulled these more often than not if ever they were on offer in my stand up world, but I've never had the confidence to go for one in a boat, with my crap off the line speed, but today, sun in the sky God in his heaven, a Soslow trying to shut the door on me and miss timing his Port end approach so had to troll on down to attempt a tack onto starboard under the starboard enders, who I'd judged correctly hadn't a snowballs chance in hell of getting across that line before a well placed port ender...

Boom... 1st to the windward, then the gybe, then come the third how did i manage to screw it all up?

Hit the mark.

Even worse, nobody saw me and I still copped to it..

Then I managed to execute the longest cock a maimie 360 in the annals of cock a maimieness, 1st to 6th in one stalled out in bugger all irons fest.

But it did give me an enjoyable battle back to within two seconds of Alan my usual Rooster nemesis so all in all a smashing morning,

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Post Options Post Options   Quote alstorer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Mar 14 at 7:48pm
First time on the water (for all sorts of tedious reasons) since October. Half decent breeze on Grafham, ideal for remembering how to do this and figuring out of the stick waggler's elbows were OK. Windward shore, so having said goodbyes to parents (they were down from Scotlandshire, and headed back off whilst we were out) launched and went for a kite hoist.

To find that the tack and head had been mixed up. Oops.

Down, sorted quickly, back up, then a nice long blast dodging various RSs, Oppies and the club fleets. Lovely stuff.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote I luv Wight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Mar 14 at 8:02pm
First time out for months - speeds from 0.1 kts to nearly 20kts in an squiffy offshore breeze. Really hot because I didn't fall in!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Time Lord Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Mar 14 at 8:20pm
Yup an excellent day to be on the water for first time since early December. Glad we opted to run the racing last week when it was gusting to 35knots.

Nice south to SSW breeze blowing the length of the lake. Main rival went over under spinnaker on a tight leg about 2 boats lengths dead ahead but just managed to avoid. A couple of laps later, we wondered why the spinnie would not fly then realised the halyard had come undone - first time ever.

Tipped the boat over on the pontoon after finishing and got the halyard down. Went on to win the afternoon race after a beautiful plane under spinnaker which took us into lead before rival tried to claim room at the gybe mark, didn't have an overlap and did turns.

Aching but a cracking first sail of the season.
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Feet up, watching the rugby highlights with a glass of Pigs Nose, great day to be out, on and near the water... Even rigging and packing up was a pleasure.  

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Post Options Post Options   Quote fleaberto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 14 at 4:57pm
Just a cracking day to go for a sail.
Got the EPS out after a long time of not sailing (Only had two sails in anything since last November!)

Just the right sort of breeze for me in that boat and on a small, inland, gust-fest old gravel pit.
up the front with the Merlin/K1/RS400 scrap though lost out downwind in the ligh & fickle bits of the lake (I've got to get my head round this gybing rather than dead down malarkey).... the 5-oh was long gone.
7th on handicap but I'm just pleased to have got out there to be honest.
Donned the GF's pink top after race one, just for the hell of it.
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Cracking Weekend...

Yesterday I was helping run an RS200 open and they seemed to enjoy themselves with sunshine and breeze, whilst today I was allowed to race the Canoe as the house refurbishment is on schedule. Warm sunshine (ditched the spraytop for the afternoon races), interesting courses and the club hotshots in an RS500 to practically match race with... Goodness knows how many times my Canoe and their boat swapped places, but might even have been double figures in two 3 lap races, but we got one race on the water each (we'll draw a veil over handicap results after what happened to the club Canoe number this year!). Think we went round the penultimate mark of each lap overlapped 4 or 5 times...
There was about a 70 year age spread out on the water, all competing together and socialising off, this really is a great sport :-)

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Spent the day doing my DI pre-assessment - had a really fun day!
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Had a perfect day sailing a cherub for the first time yesterday, sun and breeze, and no racing to distract from just going out and enjoying a sail!  Big smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 14 at 7:21pm
Had another blinding day today, bit more wind, even more excitement, battling it out with Rooster Man, a Laser and a stupidly well sailed Miracle that had no place being anywhere near, but just did, to be annoying and get in the way, I had to have a few words with them....

I so enjoy this sport, it's given me a totally new lease of life, just when i thought it was all beginning to tail off..

I love this little EPS, she whirs away when she gets a puff up her backside, just when they all thought they'd nailed us down, we'd get a puff, go whizzing deep low, take them all on the inside ad come out of the bottom mark back in the lead, just wish I could make it go as fast upwind stop them all coming back through me again..

Lost count of the number of times we all switched places for the lead, but eventually the wind dropped a tad and the Rooster pulled away, and I couldn't quite catch him again..

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