Sail for Gold

Matt Bugg, Megan Pascoe, Helena Lucas


Last weekend we congregated at the Portland and Weymouth Sailing Academy for this years Sail for Gold regatta : part of the Eurosaf circuit.

Thirteen brave souls raced in always breezy and some times down right rough conditions . With four races scheduled for wednesday , our race officer called it off after two ,just as 28 + knots of wind was recorded . Pumps were breaking , batteries going flat and it became a gamble --- do I surf on down wind and very likely sink and loose the rest of the day - or shall I sacrifice my position, spin out and try and pump out. My Velocitek indicated 9 knots.

14 races nearly wiped me out -- but what great conditions what a great location great race management and great facilities ashore .

Any tiime you get a chance to sail at portland either in the indicators or S4G -- grab it.

We were sharing the course with the 470,s and the Sonars and we were last off. As the Sonar start approached ,the 2.4 fleet closed in on their heels like a pack of terriers. Fingers were poised over the "start" countdown button then there was a mad dash to spot in the committee end of the line and then a mad dash down to the pin end to spot that in. New behavioral traits---- 2.4 sailors are now button pushers . In addition we all carried trackers and could be followed on shore by anxious parents on their lap tops. I was told that these gadgets were in fact mobile phones so watch out for rule 69 next time you do turns.

The three professionals ; Helena , Megan and Matt Bugg ,gave us all lessons in good starting and quality sailing . With Megan just edgeing it by one point from Helena and Matt was third over all. Modesty aside -- your correspondent was the first true amature in fourth.

Our thanks to the race committee and all the helpers ashore -- a great week


cheers martin w-j