Light winds at Hollowell

Updated: Apr 4, 2019

Results on the Racing page.

We arrived on a beautiful spring morning to a warm welcome from the team at Hollowell who had bacon rolls, tea and coffee ready. Russ Polden had overnighted in his camper van and was already getting rigged up. By the start of the racing we had 9 sailors including 2 from the MWA and three new Seavets – Kerry Hastings, Martin Gunn and also Graham and Marion Shepherd. Graham opted not to race as the wind was very light and variable.

A figure of eight course was set for the first two races. The wind was marginal with vary variable direction and plenty of holes. These conditions of course played into local boy Mike Playle’s hands who was able to secure an outright win in race one, beating John and Tim from the MWA on 9.5m sails. Lunch back at the club was a welcome rest in continued sunshine – despite the benign conditions the racing had proved quite exhausting with lots of pumping, often in vain, and little use of the harness.

Somewhat optimistically, the race officer extended the course further up the lake. The wind gods made a very poor response to this invitation and the two afternoon races were completed in two laps for all, but nearly 50 minutes elapsed time.

Apart from race 3, won by Andy, Mike had a good day to take the overall podium top spot.

Thanks to Hollowell for being excellent hosts and providing four completed races in what were tricky conditions.


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