The forecast was dire – lots and lots of rain, plus wind gusts up to 32mph. No doubt that this was off-putting to travellers and home fleet alike. The reality was somewhat different – lots of rain in the morning but at times a shortage of wind – almost dry in the afternoon with much stronger wind, but by no means unsailable and nowhere near the forecast 32mph.
Race officer, Andy Shorrock kept all on their toes with some interesting and unusual courses.
Amongst the four 4.7 sailors a real battle, with close racing was between Jack Hardie (Frensham) and Cameron Allen (Emsworth). Jack dominated until Cameron finally overhauled him in the 4th and last race, but by then Jack had won the meeting.
For the Radials we were honoured to have Steve and Sarah Cockerill from Hill head amongst six sailors. The Radials shared the start line with the standard fleet and Steve in particular pushed the Standards hard, especially in the first race. The Cockerills having to miss the fourth race allowed John Haine (Frensham) to edge into second place, separating Steve and Sarah.
The Standards were the largest fleet, with eleven sailors. Here the battle at the front was between Clive Eplett and Nick Hudson, both of Frensham. For them it all depended on the last race – when Nick tacked onto port off the start line into a starboard-tack boat, Graham Howlett, and he called it a day, contenting himself with second place. In third place was former Frensham top helm Steve MacQueen now from Itchenor SC.