So another 3000 Nationals under the belt. For the second year running Grafham provided near perfect sailing wind (some of us would have like more, and some would have prefered less) but F3/4 ocassionally gusting F5 was pretty good - especially if you found one of those F5 gusts with the kite out!
6 races sailed. 7 entries from four V3000s and three L3000s. We shared a start with the L4000s and L5000s with the Vagos and Vortices starting a few minutes later.
Every race saw tightly bunched starts with few of the boats managing to hold the line and having to barge from behind it in the last few seconds. Katherine and Chay in 3610 (sporting the wrong sail number as usual!) were first round the windward mark in the first race, but capsized down wind, ending up fourth. Big kudos to Steven Carver and Alex Russell in 3113 (sporting original Hyde sails) who were always on the line and first off up the beat, frequently being first round the windward mark too. Only the early planing ability of the V3000s pulled them ahead on the down-wind legs.
Some hard and fast kite reaching, tagging along with L4ks and L5ks, occasionally overtaking them and never letting them shake us off. Peter and Amy in 3602 still have an ability to appear from no-where, just when the lead boat thinks they have the race in the bag! And ALWAYS, just in the corner of the lead boats eyes, pale green 3113!
At the end of day one, Nick and Myles in 3604 lead with two firsts and a second (due in part to being the heaviest pair on the water in one of the lightest boats).
Sunday morning dawned with slightly lighter and less steady winds. Mostly planeable down wind, but requiring tactics rather than drag racing - despite which Nick and Myles still came in first in race 1, and despite 3113 and 3602 leading round the windward mark. By race 2 more people had worked out that useful wind bend up the RHS of the course; boats forced into the middle of the course being blocked by 4000s and 5000s crossing the course to windward. Peter and Amy got into a good lead and held it. The final reach saw the wind pick up making getting past the leeward mark, bearing up and trying to make the finish gate without T-boning the comittee boat a serious challenge. Peter and Amy through first with style, Nick and Myles hanging in like grim death with Nick hiking from the knees, just made the line before toppling over. Not so lucky for James and Brad in 3253 who NEARLY made it to the line with the kite up, then collapsed 10ft short.
So, the final result was all down to the final race - if Peter and Amy could take it they would win on last race precedence, if not Nick and Myles would win. 3113 was first round the mark followed by 3602 then 3604; down wind the leading V3ks took off, but careful tactics by Peter and Amy extended their lead. In lap 2, 3604 capsized at the windward mark, dropping back further still, but a great third beat put 3604 round the windward mark first and a kite reach battle ensued. Pete and Amy pushed Nick and Myles down below the lay line (rumb line?) and a 4000 slipped between the two; by the time 3604 could gybe for the mark it was a very tight reach indeed. Myles was flat out on the wire when 3604 sailed into the wind shadow of a Vago and suddenly it was ALL OVER. 3604 went swimming and 3602 swept to victory. 3113 merrily cruised in 3rd taking the rose bowl with a straight run of 3rd places, less than a minute behind the Vs.
Sad weekend for Alan and Adam - they arrived at Grafham to find their mast bent at the top and despite much hammering on Saturday only dared to raise a reefed hyde main - seriously affecting performace. Wreck of the weekend award to 3613. "This way up" award to James and Brad for that impressive near finish. Youth award to Katherine and Chay.
Sadly our new Laser 3000 champions, tried a L4000 on Saturday evening, and by Sunday tea time had a deposit down on one! Look forward to overtaking them in my V3000!
Great weekend, thanks to all that came along and thanks to Grafham for splending race organisiation (and not bad weather either!).
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