Regular sailors in Dartmouth Regatta were taken by surprise this week. Experience says that the last week of August will be windy and very changeable, so four days of light wind and full sunshine came as a bit of a shock.
Our two Sonars raced every day with the exception of Saturday when lack of wind early on and a decision by the Race Committee to abandon meant that there was disappointment for those who were down to sail that day.
Our boats now race under a different scoring system (IRC) and without spinnakers were less competitive. However all acquitted themselves well and both boats finished in the middle of the fleet, while Krak-On squeezed into third place overall.
Sunday crews probable fared best with three races in a lovely breeze and the bonus of being offered gin and tonics at the end of the last race.
None of this would have happened without the enthusiastic organisation of Fleet Captain Keith Cockburn. Thank you Keith.