Nineteen 2000s met at Burghfield for the first of the 2019 travelling series. The fleet is looking forward to the 2000 Festival of Sailing Nationals at Tenby this year which will have a big fleet and superb social and sailing programme, and so we were especially pleased to welcome John Nutall who drove from Tenby and cruised to a comfortable 8th sailing with his nine year daughter Amelia (who was very evidently powered up by big packet of chocolate biscuits).
Linda and I, after a couple of years absence from the travelling series due to work commitments, were reminded of the helpfulness and friendliness of the class on rigging. Whilst the mast was pointing roughly the right way, the spreaders were not. Several crews came to help armed with appropriate tools and everything was quickly corrected to what was considered class average settings. This completes my tuning for the year other than easing the jib tension a little for light winds.
An 11 to 15knot shifty ENE blew constantly through the day and provided the longest dimension of lake for the windward/leeward course. The race officer made the very best of the conditions setting true beats and square lines and ran four good long races with a break for lunch. As ever the choices between the variations in pressure and direction were key, however, having decided to take the hit of a header for the pressure ahead, inevitably the islands appeared, adding further complexity.
The top three boats had both good boat speed and decision making and enjoyed tight racing ahead of the pack. They were too far ahead for me to see the numbers but it all looked very exciting from afar and the final result depended on the very last mark rounding. The rest of us enjoyed close racing throughout the fleet and there were always good opportunities to claw back lost mistakes by optimising the balance of pressure/shifts/islands.
With many new boats coming to the fleet, we are looking forward to the second of the seven Millennium events at the Rutland RS Sprints on the 27/28 April and of course the nationals at Tenby which has already a long list of entries.
Sailwave results for MS1 at Burghfield SC 2019
Sailed: 4, Discards: 1, To count: 3, Entries: 18, Scoring system: Appendix A