The DBSC cancelled all dinghy racing before most people got to the clubs today. There were indeed gusts of 30+ knots but with Paul Keane’s intrepid leadership a hardy trio of dinghies went out for a blast anyway.
Keane and O’Dowd in Lasers and Sheehy in an OK Dinghy headed out to find themselves joined by the intrepid John Chambers – braving the conditions in a foiling moth!
John stayed inside the walls but the other three went out to watch the MOD70s racing in Scotsman’s Bay.
The trimarans were an impressive sight, but the sight of the capsized Spindrift and the ensuing rescue operations sent the three single handers off upwind for a bit of a blast before re-entering the harbor to find John Chambers still practicing in the Moth.
Later, Theo Lyttle and Sean Craig went out for a blast in Lasers later, also enjoying the conditions. According to the wind graph there were 35+ knot gusts out there while the dinghies were out sailing.
Peak speed on the day was still only about 13.5 knots, but we did that a lot.
Conditions in Seapoint were quite reminiscent of the windier scenes in this video from the 1994 OK Dinghy Worlds. http://youtu.be/tpIH0SVb6is . The scene’s that seemed most familiar were the Kusznierewicz capsize and Roger Blasse trying to bear off at the windward mark. It was windy!
And we have to recognize that there were injuries in the Spindrift capsize. Get well.