With a disappointing attendance of only five participating boats, this year’s marathon did not get off to a promising start.
With very strong winds from the outset and forecast to last, the outlook was challenging. Perhaps this prospect was the reason for only the steeliest launching their boats. However, the weather was dry with sunny spells and in the end made for a superb day’s sailing. The course had two beats with a nice mix of gybe and tack marks.
Were this just an ordinary race day it would have been a test of concentration enough and a challenge to body too. Add to that the ten hour duration and the picture becomes clear. It’s not called a marathon without good reason.
Numerous capsizes, often spectacular and in full view of a gladiatorial crowd at the clubhouse cheering and wanting to see blood, made for good entertainment.
As the hours progressed, tired sailors continued to battle, rarely being able to relax or drop their guard until that final sound of the horn signified a dignified end.
For those that participated they had every right to feel they had been worthy adversaries in what had been an epic event.
Congratulations to winners Andy Baxter and Commodore Tony Wetherell sailing a Laser radial.