The first event of nine in the Harker’s Yard Winter Series took place at Marconi Sailing Club on Sunday 28 October. After the extended summer winter finally arrived this weekend. The forecast in advance had been windy enough for cancellation to be contemplated. The event went ahead but with caution due to the squally north easterly winds from which Marconi offers little shelter.
Each of the events has three races, for women’s, men’s and mixed crews. The conditions for all of the three races were challenging with starts against the wind and the tide meaning that boats were struggling to even hold water for the start. However the conditions for mixed race, the last of the day were truly horrible as a squall blew up before the start which led to boats being blown broadsides on and backwards and a number of clashes and ‘racing incidents’.
At the end of the day we finished with a brilliant 2nd in the womens race (our best result so far!), 9th in the men’s and 8th in the mixed – finishing in in 6th place overall – all in all a great start to the Club’s third winter series with William Rose.