No matter how many races some sailors have done they still find it hard to contain their zeal at the start line with, on occasion, a rule infringement or worse a collision.
With race officer Peter Hone sighting the line (he has the vision of a bird of prey) there’s little point in thinking you’ll get away with any violation. A particular no-go zone is between the inner distance marker and the Committee Boat especially as that is at point blank range of the Race Officer’s view.
Nonetheless, events happened on Sunday’s start line and judging by some ‘discussions’ at buoy rounding elsewhere there may have been some rights of way issues. The truth is it did not hinder the excellent day’s racing with a twenty plus boat turnout across several classes. Racing was keen and sharp edged. Winds were vigorous at times with little pockets that left some sailors dipping in as the pressure dropped.
Great July Sunday race day and the Club itself very vibrant with Sea Cadets present on the small lake testing out their sailing and power boat skills.