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RC Laser Summer Series at Fleetwood Model Yacht Club - Week 1

by Tony Wilson 3 Jun 2022 19:05 BST 29 May 2022
RC Laser Summer Series at Fleetwood week 1 © Tony Wilson

With an awkward wind, from somewhere North-ish, we were greeted with not a ripple on the water. By about 11:00 we had a light wind drift in, that led us to guess a basic course as a fleet of eight skippers slowly readied their boats for a hopeful day of racing.

The windward mark was the one by the pumphouse, with one of the start buoys midlake also used as the leeward mark and then to finish by the club building. Thus giving us a very simple race track course, as long as we could still sail by the far bank with it looking fairly flat.

Shaun led the pack up until lunchtime for 6 races only giving away one of them. 1:30 after lunch, Trevor returned to find us now sailing in the opposite direction. The wind had slowly crept around the North from an Easterly direction to Westerly over about an hour. The first race was to the far bank and then the rest were down to the end of the lake.

'A' rigs were exchanged for 'B's for all, as the wind had certainly picked up a gear or two, but still a challenge at the far end as it swirled. We shortened the course to keep it simple again and to save on all the walking by just using half of the lake as the legs started to tire.

Fourteen races sailed with Shaun as the runaway victor. Next week, this coming Sunday, again with the Lasers for a Jubilee Open day with butties.


1 Shaun Holbeche- 12 pts
2 John Armstrong - 41 pts
3 Rob Wheeler - 46 pts

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