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RYA Spring Series 2

The second of the RYA Spring Series was held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on the 9th/10th April. Megan Pascoe took the top step of the podium but two wins for John Brooker meant she did not have it all her own way. John took 2nd place for the weekend with Carol Dugdale third.

Due to the strong winds forecast for the Sunday six races were held on the Saturday.

For the view of the weekend from competitor Kate Hedley follow the Read More link below:


A Trip to the Seaside

Spring has sprung. Well not quite , but the sailing season has begun, so why not head to the coast to kick the travelling season off to a good start and get a bit of tidal sailing practice for the Tidal Nationls at the end of May ( May 28th - 31st at Poole)?

Watching the forecast on the run up to the weekend made for interesting speculation on what to expect- ranging from a calm 7knts to a feisty  40+knts. Strange how this change happened just after I paid my entry fee and booked accommodation !

As the weekend arrived it was clear we were in for a somewhat windy weekend. The race officer decided therefore to go for 6 back to back races on the Saturday to ensure we got a series, as the weather for Sunday looked challenging to say the least.

The fleet(13in total) set off in a fair but manageable breeze. Unfortunately we lost Jeremy early on with a shoulder problem, which is now supported by a sling care of Weymouth A&E. Come back soon Jeremy. The remaining 12 started the first race.  After that it all became a bit of a blur for me ( note to self:  snorkels and goggles are handy for the sea sailing !)

The wind blew and the waves crashed over the boats - careful sailing  didn't see anyone completely swamp, although I think it was a close run thing on the last race, which saw those remaining on the course , heading to the windward mark in extremely squally conditions. The fleet started to diminish  in size as the wind grew in strength, with only 7 boats starting the final race.  I gather from the safety boat there were several sheet issues ( me included )- a reminder to all to carefully run through checks on your equipment well ahead of going afloat.

Ashore, just about warmed up and dry again was a great time to explore the various hostelries in Portland and the lovely views of Chesil  Beach.

Sunday, as predicted , was too windy to venture afloat. The keen members of the fleet still headed to the pontoons to rig their boats, whilst the more sensible of us heading to out boats to take the masts down. The race officers abandoned racing for the day for the 2.4mR fleet whilst ashore. The Finns and RX's did venture out, but as the winds continued to build and 40knts in the forecast, the fleets returned ,  without starting a race. Carol and Meg,  in military fashion,  oversaw the craning out of the boats. Very efficient girls.

I was without my good buddy 'Dobby' on the day ( although he was a star and transported my boat too and from the event ) , so was treated to help from Meg, my son Sam  and other members of the fleet. A great group to be amongst- Thanks for all your help, I couldn't compete without you.

Hopefully see you all again soon .

Kate GBR 143 - String Theory.