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Dec 8

Winter series

Sunday 8th December: The forecast was for a wild day: F4-5 base with gusts to F6-7. In the event, though, we saw rather less. Before lunch there was a steady F3-4 with occasional gusts to F6, mainly SW or so, but sometimes veering to NW. The few hardy sailors avoided capsize for the most part, but were often overpowered, and had to contend with the violent shifts. Chris in the Solo kept within reach of James, and so beat him on handicap. The start of the afternoon race had similar conditions, but very soon we were down to F2-3, still somewhat shifty, and with only sporadic higher gusts. Rather more enjoyable than the morning's struggle, until the finish, when a sharp rainshower spoilt the fun. This time it was James's race, Chris having dropped out because of equipment failure.

Three more Sundays in the current series: each with two handicap races, at 12:00 and 14:00. There's also a pursuit race on Boxing Day - 12 o'clock start. Back to three races when BST returns next spring.

See the full programme here.

2019 Handicaps

Most of our handicap numbers are the same as the RYA's 2019 recommendations; we make an upward adjustment for a small number of classes (mainly those with PNs below 1000) for which the local conditions make the RYA figures unrealistic.

The full list can be seen HERE.

Photo gallery

See photos of the racing on our gallery page HERE (latest is 08 Dec 2019).