by Luke Scott
The Cape 31 fleet dabbled with its first foray into Club Series racing, by entering the RCYC Summer Series. What’s in store for club sailing is very positive and exciting in that strong race officer and general race-management skills will be present on course in the form of the experienced and respected Doug Alison and his team. Every effort will be made to include and encourage new and young race officers, mark layers and bridge crew to learn from the team for the whole series.
Hulls 005 – 008 showed up, and the racing was superb, with three 45 minute, two-lap windward – leeward races completed, and some very tight and competitive sailing in a switchy 8-15 knot southerly wind with a small slow westerly groundswell. The course was set up in the area between buoy #8 and the Paarden Island corner.
Constant position changes throughout every race ensured everyone was in it. Three races, three different winners and any mistakes meant positions lost and gained – and only seconds separating first from last on the finish line.
After racing, all the crews got together for a 45 minute debrief session to discuss the racing and share ideas and tips as we learn these boats together.
Also out on the water were 8 boats competing in the typical Saturday fleet racing, and they enjoyed a bay race in some sublime mild weather.
Looking forward to the next race date on 14 April 2018.