On May 14th Mike, Richard and Mark decided to brave it and compete in the regional (eastern) championships held at Coalhouse fort. No one knew what to expect and we all went with the aim of trying to avoid being last. Well we found out that competitive DF racing takes a great deal of concentration and a lot of walking.
In the end we were not too shabby at all.
Mike pushed Buzz in a couple of races and in a few races lead the rest of the fleet for most of the way around. After a few infringements and after getting dizzy with turns he finished a very creditable 11th.
Richard, a real dark horse, only picked up a transmitter for the first time a month ago and kept flitting into the A fleet after some very consistent runs. He confounded the experts by often making huge gains by sailing free and hitting the port corner. He finished 8th - Top half of the fleet and thrilled to bits.
Mark too had a good day at the office - Scoring third overall and missing out on second by one point.
Buzz had it all his way and won every race he entered in which he bothered to turn his boat on.
On May 6th Mike, Richard and myself (Mark) spent a wonderful after noon as the guests of Lackford lake sailing club. We took 4 boats over and let all and sundry have a go. We demonstrated the 4 rigs including the A+ and I think a good time was had by all. I have loaded a video and pics up on our facebook page.
The interesting thing about the day was that in about 8-10 kts of breeze the A rig is as fasat as the A+.
Also the other slightly annoying thing we discovered was that the fastest boat of all was Nigels v3