First Out 2018

‘Throughout the long winter months the members of Llandudno Sailing Club would have been dreaming of blue skies and steady winds for the start of the new racing season. Well sometimes dreams do come true and last Sunday the new sailing season was welcomed by clear skies and a breeze strong enough to encourage competitive racing but not strong enough to trouble the services of the rescue crew.

There was also a much anticipated return to the three race structure for trophy races, in this case the First Out Trophy. The usual racing fleet was also supplemented by the very welcome attendance of the youth Topper development squad which swelled the overall sailing numbers to some 18 boats.

As expected, some sailors were rusty after the long winter lay off. Several found the process of manoeuvring around the windward mark an unexpected challenge when tide and winds conspired against their chosen route. There was at one point an ungainly group of lasers trying to round the mark accompanied by rather a lot of vocal encouragement to move along quickly!

However, despite the odd evidence of winter rust all sailors came ashore after racing with broad smiles and the hope that this Sunday set the standard for weather conditions during the rest of the season.

Congratulations goes to Paul Moreton who finished in first place after the 3 races. Carl and Shirley Jones though pressured him hard in their Welsh branded Scorpion. One can already see that this rivalry has only just started and will continue through the season. Finishing third was Peter Fisk sailing steady and consistent in his Solution.

Next Sunday is another early 10am start as the club competes for the Easter Tankard’.

It is also suggested that the GP14 crew, on  the water on Sunday, insert the bungs before sailing next time…. 🙂

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