After the strong winds and cool weather in Bala a week earlier, we were looking forward to racing conditions when we arrived at Carsington with a forecast of a steady 9mph wind and temperatures in the mid twenties. We were also pleasantly surprised to find that there was plenty of water in the reservoir, sufficient to sail over the large areas of weed that can make it difficult to get out of the launch area. There were eight Seavets joined by two MWA sailors (Tim and Gerry) who sailed on 9.5m sails. We also welcomed our Newsletter editor Paul Wright who had made it up from Cornwall to see old friends at Carsington and Notts County. We were to use the northern half of the lake with another event using the southern half. With a W-NW wind this meant course options were limited, but Ruth and Peter quickly settled on a triangular course.
The first race saw Andy take an early win. With winds light and shifting round to the North, the course was adjusted for Race 2 to be slightly shorter. With the wind shifting then dropping within the 5 minutes start sequence, few sailors were anywhere near the line at the start. The race was won by Dave Kinnerley who was well in front of the line at the start and had to make his way back round the pin before setting off. The course was further adjusted after lunch, which seemed to suit Andy who won the last two races, and Russ Towns also was sailing well to score a second and third.
Overall and Megavet winner was Andy, followed by Dave Kinnerley (MV) then Russ Towns (Octovet) – not a day for the youngsters! Alan Jackson was first Supervet in fourth place.
After sailing we returned for very sociable evening with BBQ in warm evening sun at the Pudding Room campsite which apart from food drink and banter also included an opportunity to practice our Flossing dance skills led by Derrick’s grand-daughter Devon. Overall a very enjoyable day.