Neap Pursuit 3-4
A couple of degrees warmer wind creeping over the seawall masked the latent power in the 24mph South Westerly that greeted the 14 sailors on Saturday. Late tides always create a unique sailing atmosphere at Seasalter and this evening the sunny spells were losing the fight against blackening skies. Two, back to back, 45min pursuit races saw the big and fast scurrying around the tight course chasing down the small and slower. The sea stayed flat for the most part, just getting a bit restless on the outer wing mark; enough to unsettle the Laser of Dave C and give him a dunking. The club Pico did David and Rachel proud, but a selfish gust laid them flat for an instant until bodyweight was deployed to restore order. A few more members cut short their circuits as the wind took its toll on equipment and stamina. Ian M sailed a faultless first race to take the fast fleet honours, whilst Steve and Julies' slow fleet dominance went ultimately uncontested as the rest of the dinghies succumbed.
The second race attracted less attention from the wind gods allowing David A, now solo, to take the win over Steve and Julie in the slow fleet. Mark H in the first outing this year for his 18 was not going to take the earlier defeat laying down and immediately sent enthusiastic new member - Gareth - full stretch out on the wire allowing the D18 to fully power up and comfortably take first over Ian in the fast fleet. Sailors, duty-team and spectators re-grouped in the clubroom to see both the tide and evening light ebb away as the wading birds flew in to take up their nightly position on the mudbanks.
Saturday 25th April 2015