Another good day for the Moth fleet with 4 of us now sailing regularly & 3 in the top 4 positions (a N12 sneaked into 3rd with 5 minutes to go). Tom was mid-fleet & would have beaten a couple more boats if he hadn't got stuck on the bank, so overall a good day.
With another Moth expected to join us in the near future we are now by far the biggest fleet at the club
The MWYC moth fleet has enjoyed some good turn outs during the summer with Pete Lee winning the early Wednesday evening series. Last Sunday we were really down on numbers though due to Tom having 'Whynot' at home for a re-furb, Pam being galley slave & me being on rescue. Tom did his best in one of the club comets but was well down the fleet. Pete made the most of some very fluky winds in the corners of the pond to take the win just ahead of a much improved David Murray in his comet. Duncan managed 4th place but nearly caught the N12 just ahead of him who was having to do a 360 as the gun went.
Only one Moth out at MWYC today (Duncan & I were both on duty), Pam Coop was having a 'try before you buy' in Fli-bi-nite, after a slow start she found her feet & improved vastly as the race went on, showing good boat speed towards the end. Pam enjoyed herself so much she has decided to buy. Good news as it means the boat is staying in the club
It's a replacement for Pam, she'd got an old boat (one of John Claridges ex salters boats) that her husband had done up for her so really it's just an upgrade. Even so we've got 7 Moths, the biggest fleet @ MWYC by far & most of them are being sailed regularly.
Five Moths out today, we were expecting great things of Mark Ellard moonlighting in Stella's Moth for the second week (he came second in the Commodores cup last week) but due to technical problems he had to retire. Pete Lee & I battled round the course (typical MWYC cats cradle) & finished in the top two positions, Pam & Tom were having a battle further down the fleet with Tom getting the better of Pam in the end. I now need to study the results carefully & decide whether I'm better not to sail & let duty scores (personal average) count.
4 Moths out today, the wind blew up during the race with horizontal rain for the last 20 minutes. Pam & Tom did very well to survive without capsizes! Pete & I managed 2nd & 3rd after battling round the course all morning & Duncan had a ball in Sam's Lightning.
Last Sunday Pam was rigging up to sail in the race when she discovered her outhaul had broken & the loose end was somewhat frayed. Her hubby put it down to it not running on the block properly. On closer inspection (on the dining room table at home) & after some prodding to remove the remains of the old outhaul the culprit was found. A mouse had built a sweet little nest out of the outhaul & nasty Geoff has evicted it somewhat unceremoniously!