DUNSBOROUGH Yacht Club juniors had to compete with a fluctuatingbreeze, strong wind gusts and lumpy chop over the weekend for their firsttraining session.
When the senior fleet and some of the junior sailors took tothe water there was strong winds from the South East which continued to bechallenging.
The weather especially tested the skills of still leaningtwo Flying Ants which made the trapeze work for the crew hard.
However the Ants coped well, and flew their spinnakers untilbreakages tempered their actions.
The untestedcombinations of Chad Cowan and crew membersSarah Hales, Morgan Flower and novice Colby Taylor coped well in the tryingconditions, and seemed to accept their capsizes as part of the deal of racing.
The Laser fleet reveled in the medium strong conditions, butthe lone Minnow held to his course steadfastly in the two races and performedvery creditably on yardstick and exceptionally well on handicap.
It was a big learning curve for everyone as no one escapedfrom falling into the water.
The results from the Doris Hughes handicap event were,Stefan Kurys-Romer on Rusty Demon first, Dean Cowan on Spinnow second, KlausSchmechtig on Calypso third and Caelin Winchcombe on The White Rabbit fourth.
For the second heat of the Doris Hughes handicap event wasChad and Sarah Cowen on The Edge first, Spinnow second, Rusty Demon third andCalypso fourth.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.