A breezy weekend was forecast for the RS100 Inlands at Rutland SC, with lower water levels and a Southerly wind the weekends sailing was characterised by some shifty / gusty winds around 12-16 knots, which were difficult to predict especially nearer the shore, big gusts giving passing opportunities galore downwind.
The key to the weekend was predicting the biggest shifts on the first beat to get away, and dodging the RS800 fleet sharing the same course, causing a few moments both up and down-wind. 4 different race winners in 6 races highlighted the tricky conditions.
Saturday started with the now usual RS100 issue of not reading the sailing instructions for the outer–loop course, catching out Chris Larr and Alex Morrison in Race 1. Mark Harrison took advantage to win the day despite miscounting the number of laps when leading. Simon Childs had an improving day as the previous nights excesses abated, to lie second ahead of Clive Eplett. Chris Larr showed great pace but compounded the Race 1 problem with not quite returning fully across the line to rack up an OCS.
Sunday was forecast for more breeze, but that didn’t really kick in until the final race. Pete Walters nailed race 4, from Larr and Childs, with Harrison taking a dip. Harrison then stole Race 5 from Greg Booth who had led most of the race and Childs. Larr then grabbed race 6 from David Smart, who had led comfortably before a “traffic” incident down the last run,to seal an “if only” weekend, leaving Harrison to cover Childs who had started in irons to seal a solid overall win. Tom Partington guesting in a demo boat managed a stellar lap1 before irons and a swim.
So Mark Harrison took the 8.4 title ( and overall win) followed by Clive Eplett, with Simon Childs taking the 10.2’s from Pete Walters.