Second time in Malahide YC and for the second time wind was no issue - in fact we
probably could have done with a little bit less. The first time we were there quite
a few skippers experience breakage and it seems the lessons from our first outing
there were learned by quite a few of the skippers as we had less breakage this time
Once again the Malahide YC opened us their door, welcoming us to their club and clubhouse
where we could assemble our gear and rig up our boats in the shelter of the club.
Outside upwards of 25 knots was awaiting us. Most of us banking on the fact that
this wind was to drop down decided to opt for the middle rig. Others decided to go
for safety with the hope somewhere that the wind was if anything going up rendering
their boat more manoeuvrable in stronger wind and was could be described as formed
seas for our one metres.
With this wind we opted for our usual tactical course of windward - leeward course
with the start/finish in the middle of the beat.
2 minutes gun sounded and all were checking the course to decide on the side to go
to. And off we went. The beat was ok but as we rounded the mark the boats accelerated,
surfing the wave and crashing in the wave ahead. With some consequence for some as
they nose dived in the wave, ending up doing Chinese jibes and loosing grounds on
All in all we managed to get the racing going and it was spectacular to see these
boats surfing the waves, and battling it out on the beat, only to go down wind again,
trying to stay in control of the surf to gain speed but always at risk of loosing
Then it was early afternoon and a squall was forming as the horizon became white
with heavy rain we decided that this was a sign for us to stop, gather our boats
and call it a day.
Again we would like to thank MYC for welcoming us to their club, making a rescue
boat available to us. But also all the competitors including John, Oscar, Alan and
Tony who came from Cork.