Only five boats and crews turned up for the 8th race of the POETS sailing series at Ullswater Yacht Club on Friday July 30. The week's weather had gradually got worse; the day had started wet and misty but by the start of the race the rain has cleared, the winds however remained light and patchy. The course was Club-Floshgate-Lodge-Thwaite-Club, 2 laps.
Raymond Harle, ably assisted by his brother in law John Wales, both from Wigton, sailing in their Hunter, Gazelle, were delayed at the start by some gear damage and although they followed the fleet round the course Gazelle lived up to her name by recording the best time of the day.
The lake water level had been low for some weeks. Colin Brown and Neil Thompson were in a good position when suddenly their Beneteau went aground on the eastern shore; they had to use their engine to get off. Although the boat was undamaged by this mishap, the incident undoubtedly cost Colin and Neil dearly as they had to withdraw from the race. The others, Keith Hyde sailing alone in his Parker, John Easterby and Richard Sealby in a Pegasus and David Hansford with Derek Pierce also in a Pegasus managed to get round the course slowly but without mishap.The race lasted about one hour 15 minutes and the results were: 1st Raymond Harle and John Wales, 2nd Keith Hyde, 3rd John Easterby and Richard Sealby. - David Hansford
Last updated 09:51 on 28 September 2021