Only six of the 25 boats entered for the Derwent Sailing Squadron/Battery World Winter Series braved today’s miserable winter weather for the opening race.
Who could blame those crews who stayed at home, in warmth, rather than heading out onto the Derwent on such a bleak, cold and wet morning.
But heaps of praise for the hardy ones who did, sailing in a cutting 15 knot sou-wester, gusting to 20 knots plus during the morning.
Rain squalls at times reduced vision on the river to a couple of hundred metres while heavy cloud covered a snow capped mountain.
For David Aplin and the crew of Whistler, it was a walkover (or sailover) as the only starter in Division 1, but there was some close competition in the other two divisions, with three starters in Division 2 and two in Division 3.
The sole SB20 entered, Phil Reid’s Mind Games was out on the water for some early spinnaker practice. She took line honours but had to concede first place on corrected time to the Latham Syndicate’s J24, Another Toy, although the margin as just 27 seconds.
Off-Piste (Paul Einoder) placed third, 15 seconds behind Mind Games.
Serenity (Graham Hall) won the two-boat fleet race in Division 3 but Kindred Spirit, skippered by Alastair Douglas, took first place on corrected time by a comfortable margin.
Words & photo: Peter Campbell
17 June 2018