Medway RC Laser Winter Series Round 5
by Jamie Blair on 8 Jan
8 January 2017
We were welcomed by a flat calm and no promise of breeze. The forecasters had given us no hope either. 8 sailors had arrived to race in light winds.
However a course was laid directly off the Café and at 10.15 we gave it a go under the auspices of a practice race. Tony Owens showed everyone a clean pair of heals, with the pack disturbing any air that was there and sailing much slower.
So having shown racing could go ahead in 4kts the first race was run but after a huge disparity across the course the race was abandoned. After a short time a break was called and all boats brought ashore. Coffee and bacon rolls substituted for a call for double breakfast – ever the optimists for more wind.
Coffee break came to an end and there was a better breeze but still around 4-5 kts.
Eight races were sailed with Jamie Blair taking three. Richard Stone also had three wins and Tony Owens picking up the other two. Good to see Charles Pegram back from travelling and Pete Freeman from time under the medics. The breeze remained extremely light giving everyone moments of "where is the breeze". David Townshend collected a couple of seconds, showing that once you break free of the pack clear air gives you the opportunity to be on the podium.
After eight races Jamie and Tony were tied but on count back Jamie won the day.
We welcomed two new faces - Sara and Ian. Both showed interest in getting boats and joining in.