Questionable Queen Mary
LWA at Queen Mary Sat 15 May 2021:
An even better turnout than we had expected, a total of 24 sailors, arrived at Queen Mary. It seemed that we made the correct decision to postpone the event for a week, but unfortunately this time the wind was going to be at the opposite end of the spectrum from the previous week. We rigged up on QM’s new astroturf area, which although somewhat reduced in extent, was generally well received by our sailors. A sailor from the distant past, Philip Jackson, whom some of us had known as a young lad, was a very welcome addition to the fleet. Aidan, son of our late committee member John Liddy, who was over in the UK from Australia, was on duty in the rescue crew.
We went out to race more in hope than expectation and the wind proved to be anything from flukey to zero. The course was a large box, in anticipation of slightly more wind, but by the end of Race One it was clear that it had to be reduced in size to permit some lapping of the back markers.
The front three places in Race One were taken by Rob Kent, Paul Leone and Kevin Greenhough, with Nick Kidd in 4th.
For Race Two the course was reduced to a triangle, which somewhat reduced the amount of pumping necessary to get round, but then the wind died completely. Rob, Kevin and Paul again filled the top slots, followed by Emily Kent in her best race of the day. It was a strug