So an early dart on Saturday morning to West Lancs YC in Southport for the 2017 RC Laser Nationals. A reasonable entry of 20 skippers from across the UK, sunny skies and a little breeze. A rigs all weekend apart from a couple of early races on Sunday and I was glad I finally found a little time to put a fresh one together on Friday.
Skippers ready to race – Photo Susan Sharman
For me, Saturday morning was superb, the afternoon session was poor but I went into the overnight in 4th spot which was good enough. Saturday evening was spent in good company and a few beers were had and some food was eaten with a retirement time of around 23.00.
There are worse places to spend an evening!
Sunday morning saw some good racing in B rig conditions but with a dying breeze I took a chance in one race with the A rig and scored my only win of Sundays racing, that win combined with a smattering of second places left me in good shape heading into the final three races where right at the death on the last leg of the last race whilst sat in a comfortable third spot I caught some weed and watched the fleet sail past me before eventually finishing in a lowly twelfth spot which cost me second spot for the regatta by just one point.
Hey, ho, it’s only a game and I came home with another weekend sailing tan, some chocolates and a trophy, can’t grumble at that really. Thanks to all those at West Lancs who ran the event and thanks also to the skippers that took part and made the event as amusing as it was.
Full results sheet
There are a couple of photos from Susan Sharman who, as well as competing, also made some time to shoot a few photos. Check them out by clicking here