Last Sunday (July 9) was another lovely sunny day with a pleasant breeze attracting seven boats out - there were a few regulars missing, with Rosie and Hywel away as part of their Duke of Edinburgh courses and Lloyd taking part in the Long Course Weekend so well done to all of them on their achievements.
The small fleet gathered expectantly with the safety crews of James, Terry and Alison as photographer, plus Mark and Trish keeping a close eye on Steve after their early season encounter.
After last week when the Monkstone mark went missing, this week it was the key to the race hut, but the race team of Maurice and Rhodri were not deterred by this and relayed the course to the competitors while they improvised with the limited flags available to them, but everyone got the gist of it and we were off on a reach to the outfall mar,k followed by another long reach to Pendine and a good beat back to the harbour.
There was a first outing for Jo in the Club Feva, with Thomas crewing, and they were enjoying some good reaches until the rudder pintle failed resulting in a swim and we understand that Thomas may have learnt some new words from Jo, (technical sailing terms we are sure), plus a return to small boat sailing for Steve Clark in his Laser after his recent exploits on Cruisers gaining his Day Skipper award, while Harry and Steve flew the gennaker successfully under the watchful eyes of Mark and Trish.
There was some very close and competitive sailing at the front of the fleet with the positions changing after each lap, but at the finish, the eventual winner was Ben in his Laser Radial (soon off to take part on Challenge Wales as part of the Tall Ships race) by just 25 seconds ahead of the flying dentist James in his Phantom who was also only six seconds ahead of Paul and Julia in the RS200 with Simon a further 20-odd seconds behind in the Contender despite having led overall after three laps.
A big thank you to Maurice and Rhodri for their efforts in getting the race underway, plus the safety crews as mentioned above on what was another lovely night for a sail.
This coming weekend, the inaugural TenFoot Swim is set to take place tomorrow (Saturday) which involves a swim from Tenby to Saundersfoot coinciding with a trek along the coastal footpath from Tenby. Some of our safety crew are in attendance, but the organisers would still like additional cover whether it be in additional motorcraft or kayaks so if anyone is available, please let us know.
This event which is to raise funds for two local causes, the Rory Rogers Fund and Bloodwise will conclude with a prizegiving and concert at the Regency Hall for competitors and supporters - check out the TenFoot website for more details.
Following that on Sunday, July 16, we have two club races starting at 10.30, with Tom and Alison in charge, plus Paul and Sam Underwood in one safety boat and Tom Eyre and Frank Roscoe in the second boat when we are hoping for a good turnout.