Tuesday night 26th of May saw one of the few Tuesdays this year where the racing (i) happened at all and (ii) happened on Scotsman’s Bay, where it’s supposed to happen. It’s been a windy spring with many cancellations or retreats to the sheltered conditions inside the harbor walls.
On this night, with the Milky Bar Kid lining up against two Finns, a K1 and a variety of IDRA14s and Mermaids it was going to be important to have a good start. But with a strong pin bias and a windward flowing tide and no watch the OK Dinghy skipper had not set himself up for success. But it had to be tried anyway!
Half way up the line the OK dropped back out of the lineup and reached along behind the fleet to find a new gap, finally finding one surrounded by IDRA14 and the K1. At the gun the K1 was ahead and looked to have got it right but was called back leaving the lucky (skillful??) OK Dinghy sitting pretty, ahead of the IDRA14s and with just enough space to tack and cross the Finn.
Up the beat it was a tacking match with the leading Finn, and similarly down the run before the Finn got ahead. Up the next beat the OK Dinghy got some good shifts and led around the windward mark, but over time the first Finn and the K1 started to haul the OK Dinghy back into their sights and they both just about overtook the Milky Bar Kid in the run to the finish. On corrected time the OK dinghy should come out ahead and it was a great battle. But length and sail area pay off!
The evening got interesting with the Lasers causing a general recall in their start, being pushed to the end of the starting sequence, and the committee not shortening the Laser race. Many of the Lasers expected it would be shortened and went for the line instead of the next lap, but the dying wind started to turn the race inside out with smarts overtaking speed in the battle for honours. Ross O’Leary was finally the leading Laser Standard but Shirley took the overall prize in her Radial, finishing 3rd across the line.
All this left the other fleets waiting for the Lasers to finish instead of everyone starting a second race. In the end, with the wind confused and the fleets getting cold, everyone gave up and came home and the 2nd race was abandoned. Hey ho. A pity.