Arriving at the club, the wind was extremely gusty and it was immediately clear that it was more a case of when, rather than if, one the hopefuls would capsize. The sailors knew as much, hesitating on the bank, before finally steeling themselves for the ride of their lives.
Acting Master of Sums Nick Floyer, calculating that his odd of capsizing were 10-1 on, retired his Lightning, recording an official DNS (did not start). The popcorn had barely been ordered when less than a minute after the starting gun fired, Lev was down. He immediately righted the boat to a cheer from the bank, but having taken on a skinful of water, she capsized once more, retiring her brave sailor.
Tim took the first lap by 14 seconds on Andy & Enoch, however, by the second the positions had changed, with Andy’s Ent leading Tim’s Gull by nearly a minute. Tim fought on, but the gap widened, and by the third and final lap, Andy and Enoch were ahead by a minute and a quarter – in some of the most exhillariting sailing Andy’s Ent has seen for a while.
Thanks to James for much-needed safety boat skills, especially without boat hook or oars!
Sam Shemtob OOD