Written by Chris Bowling
The forecast of a 10 knot southerly looked all wrong at start time, with the last gasp of a westerly rapidly fading. We decided on a short course. But at exactly 1:00 the southerly came in, so we reverted to the full course.
The new breeze gave Chenonceau the best of the start with Sanity next, and Corinna left in their lee. Sanity soon took the lead and gradually moved away throughout to win by about 10-15 minutes. Smitten had gone for a cruise to look at a moored submarine and so missed the start, but had an enjoyable cruise following the others around the course.
On the very light and shifty run to Taylors Bay Corinna overtook Chenonceau to set up a good tussle. Chenonceau regained second place approaching Sow and Pigs, with Corinna just failing to gain buoy room. But Chenonceau left a hole for Corinna to slip through at the turn. Unfortunately, Chenonceau broke a boom fitting, ending what might have been a really interesting finish.
At the finish:
Chenonceau - DNF
A pleasant cruise round the bay ended with a gentle chat at the club.
With Chenonceau away next month we really need G Force and Time and Tide to make a fleet. Please try to be there on 1st September – we don’t want this fleet to die.