Curly Wurly Enterprise Report 2012-08-22
It was a swirly affair last night with a nice 10-14 knot West-South-Westerly that swung more Westerly in the last few minutes before the start.
Course: Asia (windward mark), Melampus, South Mallard, West Mallard.
With families away on holiday the start line had plenty of gaps in places. Not that we found one when we needed it.
Most of the fleet fetched down the line on starboard with Egg and Spoon failing to find a gap in the line whilst trying the port tack flier. Fly we did not and had to tack under Dyskinetic to avoid T-bone action.
Martin and Nick in No Handles were at the front of the starboard tack line of boats and tacked back on to port for the longer leg towards the Lido. Dyskinetic overhauled the Spoon to take 2nd place.
All 4 boats overstood Asia as the flood tide was at rip force and lifted all the boats by a good 50m in the last part of the beat.
No Handles led the Spoon, Doctors Dsykinetic and Different Shade around Asia down the broad reach to Melampus. In some kind of slight of hand style wind shadow trickery Dyskentic and Different shade passed the Spoon on either side to leave us trailing in last place by South Mallard.
Up the second beat the flood tide was making it a one tack affair but in Egg & Spoon we managed to get up to Different Shade by Asia. In a tiller juggling act gone wrong Peter and Alan got Different Shade into a spin and then after a near T-bone with the Spoon capsized.
They were quickly back up but with a ton of water to evacute.
With plenty of tide swooshing across the course in Egg & Spoon we tried to vector each leg and managed to close down on Doctors Dyskinetic but by the end of the third lap it was No Handles, Dyskinetic, Egg & Spoon and Different Shade.
For sailing supper: Southern Fried Chicken and better than the Colonel by miles.