Mother Nature in control yet again!

Posted on June 5, 2017 11:21 am

Mother Nature in control yet again!

You know sailing at Grasshome is going to be “interesting” when you arrive and Kamikaze Chris is strimming the grass.

Officer Of the Day, Tony, arrived to set everything up for racing. A nice big course was planned, with three gybe marks that would have tested most sailors in force 3 winds. However, it was 4-5, pushing 6, and showed no sign of abating.

5 boats eventually ventured out to race after the course was reduced to a simple triangle.

The water was more reminiscent of the English Channel and almost suitable for surfing. Double-handers, benefiting from the additional ballast, quickly pulled away on the beat, only to be passed downwind by airborne Lasers.

Ace James was the first to capsize – very unusual for him – and after recovering came ashore, having what he called ‘rig issues’. The Miracle and Bahia stayed upright, although limb tangles on the video belie the ‘upright’ claim.

Bahia – Grassholme 4th June 2017 – Click picture for video

The 30 minute race finished with the Bahia crossing the line first, Paul’s Laser and the Miracle finishing within 1 second of each other. It felt more like 30 hours.

The afternoon was for casual sailing only.

‘Dark water’ had increased and a second Bahia was rigged to take Rosie and Poppy out for a spin (or is that ‘swim’).

Poppy, one of our juniors, is just 10 years old, and was raring to go. Doing her bit, she seized the trapeze wire and was seen beaming from ear to ear as the waves crashed over the boat.

Back on shore, when asked how it went, she said that next time she would like to go a ‘bit faster’.

There is a short video on the website – just in case you think we make all of this up for the Mercury.