May 14 & May 21
The Friday afternoon POETS series sailing race at Ullswater Yacht Club was postponed on May 14 owing to a lack of wind.
Friday, May 21, brought the first race in the Island series, usually held every third week. The forecast was for cold strong winds and heavy rain. The course which is usually up the lake to Norfolk Island and back, 12 miles in all, was kept to the top half of the lake: from the club to Waterside Farm and up to Howtown, two laps in all, a similar distance to a one lap island race.
Six cruisers braved the challenging conditions. Sam Harding and her crew in a Hunter got away to a good start, closely followed by Vice Commodore Brian Moreton in his Kite with Keith Lockey as crew. Brian, sailing a much faster boat overtook Sam and gradually increased his lead over the fleet.~
On the second lap there was a real tussle between Sam Harding, John Easterby with Richard Sealby as crew in their Pegasus, Minerva, and Raymond Harle with John Wales also in a Hunter. There were several changes of position as the boats crossed paths, tacking into the wind as they sailed down the Lake but eventually the larger Minerva pulled away in the strengthening breeze.~
The racing lasted about two hours and although the Kite recorded a much faster time than the others after the handicap calculations the first four boats finished within 90 seconds of each other.
Results: 1 John Easterby, 2 Brian Moreton, 3 Sam Harding, 4 Raymond Harle
- David Hansford
Last updated 21:13 on 1 June 2021