Impromptu racing order of the day again
The forecast for Monday had consistently been wet and windy since the middle of the previous week. The day dawned wet and miserable with the 20-28kn not yet materialised. The previous evening PRO Peter Knight had discussed with the key fleets that both they and himself had the option to draw a 'red card' if they felt weather conditions were not appropriate for the fleet to race. After various murmurings over breakfast it was Peter that played his card, with visibility not reaching as far as the race course area on the opposite shore.
The abandonment of the Long Distance Pursuit race meant that that the overall results for the SailFest Regatta, final event of the Garmin Summer Series, were decided on the positions of the races successfully run on Saturday. However, following the success of the short course racing run on Sunday, the North Sails One Design Monday Mini-Regatta was quickly instigated and, with the support of the SolentXtra Race team, 3 short races were planned off the slipway to the North of Calshot Spit.
Visibility cleared a little but, although the forecast rain arrived with a vengeance, the wind in the sheltered racing area rarely exceeded a F2. The persistent rain brought no more wind and after 2 races by, very amicable consensus between competitors, coach, race and safety teams alike, the decision was made to come ashore and call it a day.
North Sails One Design had generously provided T-shirts, together with a number of vouchers for the final SailFest Race. However, whilst coach Pete Mitchell had been on the water he had left the door of the van ajar, resulting in the distribution of, quite appropriately, wet T-shirts to every competitor for the day. North sails vouchers were presented to the first 3 placed boats in the Monday Mini-Regatta with Caitlin Tweedle 3rd (somewhat spurned on by the sight of her upturned brother in the first race), Tim Keen second and Cameron Tweedle (despite his capsize in the first race) first.