Thirty RSYS Youth racers faced off on Sunday 12 february in the first Club Championship for 2017. A southerly front made for increasingly challenging conditions, spiced up with some hair-raising gusts.
The 10 Optimists got off to the first of two clean starts. Racing was close, with the first five finishing within one minute of each other. As the conditions deteriorated, a smaller group managed to finish the second race and head for home - fast!
The seasoned Laser fleet were in no mood for hanging around. A couple pushed their luck in the first start and were rewarded with recalls. Increasingly brisk conditions added to the overall excitement on the race 2 startline with most of the fleet over. The rarely displayed black flag went up and four sailors got BFD’d on the restart.
The racing was close with the smaller 4.7 rigs taking it to (and sometimes past) the larger Radials. The downwind legs proved tricky for some, with ferocious gybing and dramatic capsizes. But what they are all going to remember is the feeling of quite literally flying … downhill dinghy sailing at its best.
While some of our racers came out a little worse for wear, overall we saw great competition, many thrills and quite a few spills. A great day at the Squaddie.
By Vanessa Swiderski
Photos by Michael Hansen