45 yachts braved a very bumpy and short period sea state last night to add notches to their twilight bedposts. A very commendable commitment in the conditions. We have been fortunate to sail 4 out of 5 so far this series, and that is a big hit rate. Thanks to Dave Booth for setting the courses last night, and for the effort to get out there and brave it on Royal Cape 2 in a short choppy sea. Dave was dead right that it was sad there was a yacht absent from the Division 2 Spinnaker fleet (Necessity-recently sold), and she is missed already by her fiercest competition and friends alike.
The courses were absolutely spot on in intent, but like the human condition, had some flaws in them! Specifically, there was one weather mark rounding, where the super quick returning division 1 yachts were to leave it to port while the first leg division 3 yachts were to leave it to starboard. Good seamanship saw to it that this was not a problem, and that is a good reflection on the fleet.
There are another 4 more scoring opportunities in this series before the series result and prize-giving on 4 December, and a final fun twilight race for the year on 11 December (look out for a special year end celebration of our club and sailing on this date).