First leg of the DBSC/VYC Challenge held last Saturday was a huge success.
Racing under blue skies (sans lasts week's lightning and thunder!) in the 15-18 knot NE was tight, and in very good spirit. Even better spirits were on display at VYC who hosted us post race with great food and imported beer!
Thanks to John Vasey, our very forgiving PRO, for getting us away. About 25 boats in each fleet, with Mark B and Finn leading the Standard and Radials home respectively. Of more importance was the effort of the DBSC mid fleet flotilla. Our 12th full rig and 10th radial beat the 5th VYC, so the points score was very favourable. At the announcement of the scores (DBSC 39, VYC 92), your commodore had to remind the cheering VYC faithful that this is a "lowest score wins" event.
Many from both clubs commented that "we should do this more often" (both the sailing and the drinking), and so we will look at combining the fleets on one of our upcoming non Pointscore "sprint racing" days. At the very least it will give us some training for the 2nd leg of the challenge.
Old school, beer soaked result sheets below. Apologies that not all finishers are on this sheet....we just had to get to their 5th boat before we went to drink their beer.