A pretty short blog today. The penultimate day of sailing was a bit of a fizzer. Unusually hot conditions are making the local weather patterns very frustrating for race management and competitors. Yesterday as the temperature soared into the 30s, the sailors were held ashore. We eventually got out on the water in the afternoon and sailing.
A large wind shift occurred which aborted the first start attempt while in sequence. A second attempt was more fruitful and a race got underway. The sailing was ok but the light sou’wester faded as the sea breeze tried to establish itself in the hot conditions. This led to a classic shutdown and the race was abandoned two thirds of the way through.
It was a shame as Arch Ibbott and James Gough were continuing their fine form after winning the previous race – they were in fourth place with Pete Allen and Ash Rawstron, and Hugo Allison and Grace Hooper close behind. But for others it was a blessing.
We had an unfortunate incident on the lay day with Ollie Grieve having a bike crash followed by a night in hospital. Happy to report that he is out and all good. It is an oft quoted line by us junior sailor coaches that most sailing injuries occur in the boat park. Thanks to Alyssa McConaghy for stepping in to help Emma Kelly on “Sparkle” in his absence.
The last day looks like a repeat of yesterday, but fingers crossed we will get some sailing in!
Thanks again for all the support, it cheers everyone no end.