So 21 of us converged on Chipstead SC this morning to enjoy a great days sailing, after a somewhat gloomy start the sun came out and the lake looked great, however despite much whistling, coaxing and all sorts of other weird dances it seems that someone forgot to put 50p in the wind meter last night and there was none.
Despite this all 21 of us lined up at the start of the first race and off we went, Tim Long being the luckiest of the bunch and he took the first bullet of the day followed by Ken Binks and a very excited, and rightly proud, Glen Meekcoms. Ken then went on to take the bullet in race 2 before having a servo failure and using both his discards in races 3 and 4.
Race three saw John Tush take the top spot for his only first place finish of the event, surely he hadn’t been defeated by Mike & Ann Weston’s hospitality the previous night….had he? JT was pushed hard in the race by Buzz Coleman who was never off of the pace all day and he took the top spot in races 4 and 5.
With the breeze failing to show up still the races were sometimes pot luck and you could easily find yourself running to the windward mark before running to the gate and running back to the top mark again. The biggest victim of this “rogue” Zephyr of a breeze was Derek Priestley who didn’t score a bullet all day despite leading races often up to the last leg. His self educated lesson has been “It’s never where you think it is this bl#*%y wind”, indeed Derek it never was, however he was consistent in his placings.
With a large fleet of boats often approaching marks as a large group it did make some of the later races quite interesting and the battles down the fleet were like watching match racing in super slo mo. Frustration eventually set in and after ten races it was decided to call it a day.
Top of the pile was the very on form Ken Binks with a haul of 21 points from the ten races with 2 discards, Buzz, Derek and John took the next three spots and the top four were separated by a mere 6 points which is some good consistent sailing from them. Tim Long rounded out the top five but he was never a threat having spent most of the day wrestling with a pre inflated lifejacket!
Everyone had fun, Chipstead laid on a great event despite the un co-operative breeze. We are all off to Coalhouse Fort tomorrow for some more organised drifting with the DF95. Results sheet below for those that need to see it. I’m sure Sue Brown will have some photos early next week.
To the bar Batman!!