RACE officer Phil Slater and his team had their work cut out on Sunday. 

That two-day burst of something like summer in the week left us with yet another dull, grey, cool, wet and weirdly windy Sunday. The wind generally from the north-west was by the law of averages from six to eight knots. 

This said experienced sailors reported blasts of ten to fifteen, holes of as good as zero and directional fluctuations over 180 degrees. 

RSC sailors know this and a small group chatting later asked if we could flatten off Trefusis, fill in St Just, Mylor and the Loe beach area to achieve more consistent sailing.  Rather suspect this won’t happen as too many residents could get upset?

Problems with committee boat anchorage meant a first race delay and then almost predictably the wind as good as died for race two. Yet, the hardy gang stayed largely out and then had a horrible struggle getting back to the slipway. Writing this up the memory is of hitting one’s head against a brick wall to get the good feeling when you stop?

Portscatho and Percuil Regattas took their toll on our numbers as do the summer holidays and national events. Huge congratulations to George Lenney in his RS Aero5 who took U16 National Champion honours at Tenby. Another RSC roll of honour candidate; it’s been a great summer for the club.

Falmouth Packet: Max and Emma in their RS200 desperately seeking speed.Max and Emma in their RS200 desperately seeking speed. (Image: Restronguet Sailing Club)

Sunday leaves us with just two more summer Sunday races both of which have Pirates events. Come on down all sailors as they similarly stated in an old quiz show. Four Darts hit the water with Stuart and Sandie Sly triumphant in both races. Four Turbo fleet boats also started, two Musto Skiffs, a B14 and a Waszp; George Cousins in his skiff won both. 

Five medium handicap set sail, Tim Laws winning both in his Europe; John Calvert was leading all the way in race one until he realized he was ‘on course side’ at the start, he suggests by a few inches! Four Lasers finished race one, but only two finished race two; wins shared between Geoff Taylor and Poppy Luxton. 

Tristan Sellwood and Sam Davis flew the flag for the Mirror fleet, two very useful first places for the series cup.  The asymmetric fleet was represented by Emma Sellwood and Max Phypers in their RS200, they took race one and retired from race two due to the weird conditions.

So, in summary, a day affected by the time of year, the very variable conditions and a total fleet at race one of just eighteen boats; somewhat short of the more usual thirty plus. Two more Sunday races for this series, two more Wednesdays before the lack of light beats us all and then autumn and winter racing.