What with the rival attractions of the beginning of the World Cup, and the fact that the class Nationals had ended only 4 days earlier, there was a somewhat small than usual turnout for the open at this popular East Coast venue.

A sparking weather forecast of warm sunshine and wind proved spot on Saturday, with 3 races completed in conditions we usually only dream of, warm sunshine and a force 4 all day. The sluicing ebb tide made the beats short but predictable and Paul Ross and Simon Mussell showed great boatspeed, Paul winning all 3 races when Simon got a bit tippy downwind. Martin Jones also entered the frame with some steady sailing to come second in the final race of the day as Simon plopped in again.

With a similar forecast for Sunday, it looked hopeful that we might have the 'perfect' weekend, but the breeze for some reason did not cooperate and force 2 all day was the best on offer, still in bright sunshine.  Race 4 saw Ross and Mussell out in front again until Bernard Shapley went right up the second beat, found less tide and more breeze and held on to a comfortable lead on the shortened course. Races 5 and 6 belonged to light weather flyer Rodger White, followed by Shapley and promising newcomer M. Frary in the 5th and Mussell and Ross in the final race. By now the sluicing spring ebb was back. In the final standings, Ross and Mussell were equal on points, separated only by Paul's bullets on Saturday.

The best weather of the year, excellent race management and warm hospitality from the host club amounted to a weekend about as good as it gets. Moral:next time there is a World Cup, set the video and come sailing!


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