Opening Cruise wrap up

Hi Ffifteeners and Ffriends,

This past Sunday was just the most magnificent day on the water – blue skies, comfortable temperatures, and a gentle Southerly wind, but probably the very best of all was seeing 80 plus yachts of all sizes on the water, taking place in the opening cruise, and then Bart’s Bash. The morning started with a most appropriate ceremony on the RNYC lawn, and which was concluded with the ceremonial cannon being fired. The sail-past had to be delayed as two ships entered port and then berthed around T Jetty.

Following the delayed sail-past, the race start had to also be delayed as a container ship entered port and then berthed in the area of the gybe mark. There were 2 starts – the first was for the RNYC fleet, and the second for the PYC fleet. A HUMUNGOUS start line was set to ensure that there was enough room for everyone, but there were still a number of bumps and scrapes, and two keelers causing each other some serious damage. It was gratifying to note that all 4 Flying Fifteens entered on the day made excellent starts, showing some early season competitive intent. Ffoxxoff and Firefly were the two entries in the RN fleet, and as usual Patrick and Jeremy took a commanding lead and held it to the finish.  In the PYC fleet Ffullerene beat Ffothermucker to the weather mark (we both beat a 49er to the mark, and felt that we had sailed reasonably well), but Campbell and Chris managed to lose their spinnaker halyard, which gave Estelle and myself the opportunity to overtake them on the long run, and then hold a slender lead to the finish line.

This Saturday sees the start of the dinghy racing season – PYC will be running the Dinghy Warm Up series, with the start at 2pm. I will be there, and hope to see plenty of you out there too. A quick word of caution is that the RNYC boat-park has quite a number of Halcats and Darts parked on the lawn – so you will need to get down early enough to ensure being able to get your boat out for sailing. See you there!