Two races on a sunny afternoon in Dun Laoghaire. Twenty starters on the pin biased line made it hard to get clean away, but 45 seconds after the start the MBK was looking down at the vast majority of the fleet, with only the RS400, Finn and the ever speedy RS Aero sliding ahead. Still struggling for upwind speed, the OK Dinghy rounded with the RS200s, with the Wayfarer close behind. From there it was a game of staying out of trouble and trying to get clear air. That last tenth of upwind speed would be VERY useful.
A couple of laps later the Wayfarer had passed, having taken advantage of a shift on the 3rd beat and the Finn and Aero were long gone too. Plus, never to be ignored, that Harding chappy in the Mirror snuck into the results again, taking 3rd.
That’s a pretty mixed set of results, though the Aero was again untouchable.
Race 2 had the same pin bias and the OK Dinghy was lucky to get a good start after the Aero brought the two boats to a stop 20m short of the pin as the gun went. Didn’t seem much point in that, but a lucky opening let the OK tack and cross most of the fleet anyway. There was even a vague chance that the OK might have made it first to the windward mark, but in the end it was Aero, Finn and OK dinghy in quick succession. Upwind speed was definitely improved, with the settings for the North coming back from long-term memory. Most noticeable was that the Lasers were NOT catching upwind this time.
In the end the Aero still won, but only by 4 seconds from the OK Dinghy with the Wayfarer just 30 seconds further back.
Overall the Aero is gone gone gone, clear ahead in first. It’ll be tight with the OK Dinghy, the Wayfarer and the Mirror for 2nd and 3rd….discards will play a role!
Onwards and upwards, hopefully.