Inland Championships hosted by Carsington Sailing Club on 29th and 30th June

Report by David Downs

Following an excellent day of training led by Adam Bowers twelve Ospreys turned up at Carsington SC for the Open Meeting and Class Inland Championships. Those that had taken part in the training were raring to go and ready to demonstrate their much improved rounding of the leeward mark and their increased boat speed from their improved boat set up. However they were greeted by a very hot sunny day with hardly any wind. By the scheduled start time in the early afternoon and after a short postponement a warm gentle breeze had set in allowing the Race Officer to set a triangular course. The wind direction resulted in fairly shifty conditions, but three good close races were held.

Ben (Nemo) Hawkes sailing “Shippy McShipface” with a top secret crew who turned out to be Andy Couch had a good day with a first, second and third place finish.  The other two races being won by local pairing Alistair Raynard and Rob Burdekin and Richard Marshall and Steve Watson.  Father and daughter team Alex Willis and Nick Willis were also right there in the mix.

After a long hot day on the water the fleet were treated to canapes served on the terrace watching the sun setting over the lake before dinner in the club.  This is far more civilised than the Osprey fleet are used to but was very well received by everyone.

Sunday dawned with considerably more wind and a steadier wind direction. Some of the teams, including ourselves, discovered that the “powered up” settings that Adam had drilled into us at the training gave just too much power in the conditions and had to resort to raking the rig to depower. Ben and Andy clearly found the conditions to their liking winning races four and five to sew up the series with a race to spare. However having taken a 720 penalty immediately after the start of race six they proceeded to work their way through the entire fleet to take another bullet. The competition for second place was close with Ali and Rob just securing it on count back from Alex and Nick.

It was a great weekend of close and competitive sailing in a beautiful location and the Ospreys were made very welcome by Carsington SC, everyone enjoyed it.