Early Bird Series – 27th March 2022

Another sunny day with a gusty offshore wind, which made setting the course and sailing it a bit tricky, and six boats racing. Andrew in his Topaz CX14X catamaran led the way off the start but was overhauled by Steve in his RS700 on the downwind leg. In the mean time in the Lasers Neil led the way until a close encounter with a mark in the strong tide, and the resulting penalty turn, let Danny through. At the finish Steve was storming up to almost lap the Lasers but it was not enough to hold off Danny who finished first on handicap with Steve second, splitting the Lasers, and Neil third.

The second race sailed the course the other way round and a reaching start saw most of the fleet trying to round the first mark at the same time. Steve sailed ahead, but capsized onto the yellow mark trying to squeeze too close to the wind with the spinnaker up. The resulting recovery and penalty turn let Andrew pass and sail into the distance, but the Lasers were too close behind and pipped him at the finish, with Danny in first and Neil in second.

Robin leads the series due to sailing all the races, but Danny and Andy are not far behind, each with two wins.