Well it couldn’t be lighter conditions... Imagine watching a video and then in the
middle of the action pressing “PAUSE” !!! Same here... A bit a wind there, just enough
to get us through the starting line and then nothing. All boats stopped until the
next puff of air. Amazingly enough, one unnamed skipper had to change its battery
pack in the middle of the 6 races... Not that is was due to the wind using the energy
on the sails but rather the resistance of the water on his rudder as he “trying to
tack” as he claimed !!! Hummmm The only smoke coming out was probably from his right
Tx stick as they were “trying to tack”... The whole beat he tried though... Not a
TS2 weather. Well not for me and my TS2 anyway as Des managed somehow to bring his
TS2 few times to the finishing line first. So did Jeff and his Disco and Kevin with
his SC4. How ? Don’t ask... Phil Managed to give us 6 races somehow so fair play
to you for that.
Talking about extreme !!! This time I said this is it... Revenge is at hand with
heavy wind but with some skippers missing, rain going through you so strong it was
and a wind approaching Gale force we decided instead to meet up in the club to dry
out and get some hot drinks to warm us up !!! Phil did managed to get out with the
boat, just in case we were going to race... It was not for the lack of trying as
Kevin revealed : He just managed to put his boat gently on the cradle with the rudder
on for a gust to lift it up in the air, bending the rudder axis... This was it inside
was the place to be. Fergal did sneaked a private training session inside the harbour
with his new Ericca. Fair play to you though !!!
Changing from one extreme to another... Light condition... AGAIN !!! This time we
just managed to race the 6 scheduled races but just about as the wind was seriously
dying at the last race and it became very fluky !!! I know I was leading the last
race up to about 2 meters away from the finishing line when Jonathan our new comer
got somehow a gust taking line honour... Puffff beginners luck ;-). But hey, guess
who still managed to get most first places... Hummm Yep you got it right Jeff...
Can someone PLEASE stop him... Anyone with a spare wire cutter !!!
Near perfect condition. Wind wise, B rig. But still the usual 3 layers, hat and gloves
needed though. We had a very good show of skippers and the race results were mix
except for humm the usual one, nearly winning the 6 races. Jeff no we won’t let you
win the 6 races without a good fight... I have to say that my skipper of the day
had to be Kevin for leading the last race almost from the beginning to finish 2nd
to Des and his TS2 by... Well it had to be a photo finish on that one... But Des
got it at the end.
Howth greeted us by getting us wet through one of those Irish “Showers”. I found
it amusing that they call these showers !!! I know why now though... Anyway no rescue
boat available but thanks to Neill who got us a rescue we managed to get 6 races
completed. It was an attrition race with our National Hero Neill who decided to score
points on artistic figures rather than finishing. So when are you doing the complete
loop forward ? Other skippers also packed up due to gear failure, leaving 4 of us
competing. We had our first lady skipper too that day and who did pretty well for
her 2nd day in RC boats considering the conditions. Fergal the spare airbag in the
volvo, you should put it in your boat inflated !!! No seriously it was pretty extreme
but Paddy managed to give us the 6 races as per the schedule.
I discovered the meaning of the expression “Short n Sweet” as I had to pack up early
after the plastic connector for the rudder rod to the servo broke clean just before
the first race of the day. Anyway, after a good battle Des came home with 4 wins.
We were pleased to see Paul and his widget present on the day giving a good fight
to Des and Kevin. Well this is it for this year’s Spring Series... I hope after reading
these few lines that you feel the need to join us for next year.