Over on the Still Festering Patrick was breaking in another new skipper – affirmative action is alive and well on that Boat.
Presumably Pat himself was busy down below getting the shiny new spinnaker pole ready for the first run.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen got the jump, but the bigger Adams (the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a mere 32”8” – on the waterline) powered through, cleverly delaying their tack at Abbotsford point to catch Frank Hyde’s Gust of the Day and lift into the lead at the first mark.
Over on the British Airways Axis of Evil* they were getting ready to do the washing up – gloves everywhere.
But all eyes were on the Still Festering trying to catch first sight of the new spinnaker pole. Waiting, waiting…… WAITING. What does Pat do downwind?
Meanwhile the Extraordinary Gentlemen rounded the mark a close second and its newly septuagenarian and re-grandfathered for’ward hand, (looking not a day older than 68), elegantly executed another perfect spinnaker set.
After that it was something of a procession in a dying breeze. (Don’t you love a dying breeze).
At the end of the day it was League of Extraordinary Gentlemen first, Still Festering second and British Airways Axis of Evil third.
*the whining doesn’t stop even when the engine is turned off