- Last Updated: Wednesday, 01 August 2018 21:06
NWWA racing & recreational sailing 29th July 2018
Nine sailors turned out for the NWWA event on 29th July. Five regulars were joined by Mark Kay, making a return to this regional series, and 3 newcomers. Torrential rain throughout the morning failed to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. The low water level combined with Southerly wind created very shifty and gusty wind over the whole lake, so conditions were testing even for the experienced racers. As Ralph Sibley remarked, it was really hard work, but you never felt properly powered up, and fully committing to harness lines was a high risk strategy. With start line at buoy G, a triangle course was set using T15 buoys borrowed from HLWAC, (which allowed the windward mark to be kept out of the worst of the wind shadow by the dam), and a separate finish line between buoy X and the flagpole so results could be recorded from the shore. This proved the undoing of Dave Martin and Mike Escreet in race 3, who got so involved in battling for second place they sailed an extra lap without crossing the line, so ended up 8th and 9th instead!
Final overall results were
1st Mark Kay ( no surprise there)
2nd Ralph Sibley
3rd Dave Martin
The three newcomers, Paige Kay, Dominic Harrison, and Patrick Ashley deserve special mention for persevering in the trying conditions, we hope to see them again at future NWWA events. Thanks to David Brown, Craig Howell, Jason Yeomans and Andy Pepper for manning the boat and recording results, and to Geoff Ryan for the continued functioning of NWWA.
After weeks and weeks of absolutely no wind and no windsurfing it was so so good to get back on the water ....!
The morning brought rain - almost 30mm of it. We could do with a lot more yet. It was windy too though. The early sailors had a strong - 20 mph - Southerly wind which was blocked by the dam, Conditions were gusty at best. Later on the wind veered around to come from the South West and gave better sailing conditions.
Below are just a few photos -
- unfortunately, just one photo of the NWWA Racing event
- another photo showing those interested what the current reservoir level is like - it's about 4 metres below full and still offering plenty of sailable area - better than at this stage in 2010
- 3 photos of Stuart - the last one on the water!