A weekend of light wind racing, sun tanning and banter.
James and four of his favourite Freshers rocked up at Port Edgar Marina on Saturday morning, excited to race together for the first time and some (Rory) exited to sail a 707 for the first time. After launching and drifting to the start line with the first race abandoned after 20 minutes because of a complete lack of wind, there was about an hour’s wait before the first race which Edinburgh won quite easily by a leg. After that the other teams decided to get into gear a bit and Strath, with very risking starting procedures, went on to win the next six races in a row with Edinburgh getting a 2nd, some 3rds and a 4th due to some difficult starts and rusty manoeuvres due to our lack of training. However, a lot had been learnt from the first day and we were feeling quite happy in third place, roughly 4 points behind Aberdeen, with Strath in first place. Emily went for a chilly dip in the water after sailing, much to everyone’s amusement and Hugh bailed on joining (sensible idea).
Saturday evening was themed ‘tight and bright’ and James thought his chances were good due to his dashing rainbow coloured face. We are really grateful to Ed for organising the evening, but also for getting absolutely steaming, not being able to find Hive and spending £50 in Pilgrim.
Sunday saw lovely sunshine but still minimal wind. Our main aim was to consistently finish a place or two ahead of Aberdeen in each race and then aim to take as many points from Strath as possible. Our manoeuvres, spinnaker sailing and banter had all improved massively from Saturday and we were the fastest on the upwind legs of the race course every time. This saw us get two second places (both ahead of Aberdeen), following up with three bullets in a row, we were looking like we could put a good amount of pressure on Strath but then inevitably the wind dropped to <1mph so the racing was finish for the day and for the weekend. We finished in second place overall which we were very proud of considering the lack of racing experience with each other beforehand, plus many a vitamin D was absorbed from the lovely weather which we were granted with so who can complain?!