Only four diehards took part in the POETS Island Race at Ullswater Yacht Club on Friday, August 13. Considering the date, they got off lightly, all the boats returning safely to the club without any damage. The wind strength was up to 30 mph from the south-west, with gusts coming off the side of Place Fell and white wave tops as far as one could see, the conditions were truly frightening. David Hansford sailing alone in his Pegasus said afterwards that he wished he had put a reef in his boat's mainsail after two serious broaches with water pouring into the cockpit. He retired at Place Fell as did Raymond Harle and John Wales in their Hunter. John Easterby and Richard Sealby, also in a Pegasus, and Colin Brown sailing a Beneteau 21 and crewed by Phil Laycock for the first time completed the 10 mile journey to Norfolk Island and back in a very fast time of 2 hours 15 minutes, finishing only 14 seconds apart. All four boats had an exhilarating downwind return to the club, speeds were probably the fastest that the boats could possibly go, John recorded 9 knots with wind speeds in excess of 30 mph near to the island. Results: 1st John Easterby and 2nd Colin Brown.
- David Hansford
Last updated 09:51 on 28 September 2021