Saturday 27 August was a bright day with sunny periods, but very little wind at the time of the start. 8 707’s, 6 Dragons, including two visitors, and 4 H-Boats slowly made their way out into the middle of the Forth.
The postponement flag was up whilst we waited for the wind to fill in enough to give a race rather than a drift. The wind was there, but in small pockets riffling the surface of the water. The tide was stronger than the wind, and the direction of the wind kept changing slightly.
The boats milled around the start line.
However about 25 minutes after the scheduled start, the first group, the 707’s were off on a course of 3 laps.
This was followed 5 minutes later by the H-Boats
and 5 minutes after that by the Dragons. The Dragon’s start was marred a little by two boats crossing the line before the flag, but their second race started cleanly.
As one design races it was easy to know who was winning or trailing. No worries about handicaps. The races were, for the most part, closely fought which will be seen when the results come out. By the third race the Dragons’ start was superb.
We managed the full three races on the day, with the second and third races being run over two circuits.
On the pontoon afterwards it was clear that everybody had enjoyed their day on the water.
As stated in the Commodore’s Blog we had two Dragon visitors. One from Aldeburgh and the second all the way from Estonia. This was Heuschrecke (translated as Grasshopper). Her she is in all her splendour: