The fleets for both the Junior and Masters series were both joined by new helms for this evening’s racing; Sebastian and India in the Juniors, Brian Corking and Jim Green in the Masters.
The Juniors raced a warm-up followed by two points races in the Stars. New venues including New York and Auckland provided the backdrop to a series of tussles which showed a strong competitive streak within the fleet.
As Constantin Gerber was sidelined due to academic demands, Henry Medcalf seized his opportunity and scored two bullets. Matty Key, despite racking up a significant number of infringements also made hay as did Arthur P-J.
The final race ended with an incredibly close five boat photo finish, again highlighting that the Star class, despite its simplicity, delivers the most competitive racing. Next week, the Juniors will be on J70s and we look forward to seeing them take on the challenge of spinnaker handling.
The Masters raced the Offshore Racer class, again taking advantage of the new scenery within the Virtual Regatta game. However, one suspects that there wasn’t much time to admire the view as cagey upwind legs were topped off with competitive mark roundings and aggressive downwind sailing.
Jonathan Key reveled in the conditions with a first and a second. Mike Blackledge salvaged a poor opening race by winning the second, with Jim Hamilton taking a third. Our newcomers did not disgrace themselves with Brian Corking on the podium twice and Jim Green keeping two boats between him and the wooden spoon in his only race of the evening.
Our new entrants mean that the club now has 35 registered virtual sailing competitors and anyone else who has an interest will be more than welcome to join in.