A difficult weekend weather-wise for team racing began on Saturday 26th October at 6.30am for the Reading University Sailing Club members due to be helping out.
18 teams were once again signed up to the event that has run for the last 3 years in recent times, and holds a name it was given 30+ years ago (or so we are told).
Unfortunately, with gusts exceeding 35 knots, racing was postponed until after England had won the RWC semi-final.
At around 11am the wind died enough that joint race officers Peter Chaplain and Nigel Rolfe called racing back on and, with cut-downs on the mast, 60 races were completed.
Sunday proved to be just as challenging as the day before in terms of organisation despite the conditions being the polar opposite to Saturday’s. With little wind, races were again delayed until the breeze began to fill in.
Unfortunately, this new wind soon died off and due to its unreliability, the decision was taken to end the day’s racing after some drifting and waiting for more wind.
Cardiff Red were deemed to be victorious having kept a clean sheet throughout the weekend. With 66 races completed, and despite the tricky conditions, everyone at Reading University Sailing Club would like to thank the helpers from Burghfield Sailing Club, the four wonderful umpires, race officers and all the teams who attended for making this year’s ‘Wet Dream’ a success despite the challenges.
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You can also view a snippet from their annual summer sail week here: