Gentle breeze, clear skies, seven J’s on the line, and Jay Hooper as R/C - doesn’t get much better! A few IODs joined in the fun, so not too busy out on the course. First race and New Wave, Sadiiqi bailed right after the start, picking up slightly better pressure and both extended on the fleet heading left. The lefties were headed up by Gripper, and that’s the way it finished after several laps (New Wave, Sadiiqi, Gripper). Sliding By joined the fun with a perfectly timed departure from the dock, arriving at the pin as the gun went off. It would have been better to stow the engine during the race, as ducking involved avoiding several feet of Mercury hanging off the back.
Race 2 and course 4 came out - scramble for course cards to see what that was all about. It was the old Olympic (triangle then windward/leeward). New Wave and Solaise were over at the start, but only Solaise went back. At the first mark Siren rounded ahead and then set the chute heading downwind - had they forgotten the reaching course? Next boat round was the premature New Wave, and as they pointed to Hamilton, Siren swerved to follow. A chasing Gripper and Sadiiqi made up the front bunch. The final downwind to the finish had Sadiiqi holding out Jezebel, with Sliding By on the outside. Gripper split to the boat end, and as the 3 J’s discussed rules, boat lengths, and tried to anticipate what Sliding By would do, Gripper snuck in for the 2nd behind leader Siren. Sadiiqi came out of the bun-fight in 3rd, by a nose.
Race 3 and course 4 with a windward finish now on the cards. Solaise launched of the line as Neil started paying attention to rock star Lordy on the pointy end. New Wave chasing up the beat, but Solaise maintained their dominance, and were never in trouble. Sliding By, with engine removed, were in the thick of things - at the back Sadiiqi and Gripper split from the rest in the final upwind to gain some leverage. It almost worked, but Siren and Jezebel came in from the right on a shift and maintained position.
End of the day - Siren were most consistent 5-1-4 (10), followed by New Wave, Solaise, and Sadiiqi all on 11 points.