16 Skippers converged on Scotland farm for the Midland district summer series round three, It had been raining overnight but by the time the race team arrived blue sky was covering the lake. Race one spot on time at ten am and Craig Raistrick from Rotherham was very quick of the start and led from start to finish with his MX 16 closely followed by Rob Wilson a Lincoln Member. The breeze was from just west of south and probably started at 70% of top suit it also enables us to sail of the favoured East bank. Bacon Butties and tea and coffee were being served all morning by Jan and Beth and did a roaring trade. Race two had John Tushingham winning and race three Chris Harris both sailing Visions, it was to be a while before we saw a Lincoln member win Rob Wilson in race 6 and quickly followed by Dave Burke in race 8. The wind backed a little into the south west and the weather mark became a slight eyesight test for a few mid fleet skippers but generally they coped ok.
By lunchtime It was neck and neck between John T GBR 51 and Chris H with Lincoln boy Chris Elliott GBR 74 putting in some consistent races. At Lunchtime, the heavens opened and we had a ten-minute downpour to cool everybody down. Racing resumed and for the next few races Chris H GBR 33 got some good results, to put himself in contention, we then had an incident in race 15 out of 17 with Chris and John vying for the lead on the final leg when a downwind yacht totally out of control due to the strength of the wing collided with Chris H and the two became entangled for what seemed an age but in reality, was only 20 seconds or so, Chris broke free and raced to the finish in tenth place. There is still discussion over redress as it could not be sorted at Lakeside, and so as I write the results are only provisional. John T won the last four races and the day came to an end. Everybody was tired out including PRO Mick Chamberlain as he pushed the fleet to get as many races in during the day as possible. We believe everybody had a great day of sailing, in superb weather conditions, that at times was max top suit. On the ladies sailing Jen hand GBR 69 just pipped Liz Tushingham GBR 71. At the end of the day the Vision’ came out on top from the Brit Pop and all eyes will of course be on the Worlds being held in France this week to see which design will eventually come out on top
Many thanks to all who helped to manage the racing including ladies in the galley and on the finish line.
Race report by Mick Chamberlain.