Ferry Meadows 25Sep05
Ferry Meadows is the last
SigneT open of the year. Eight boats turned up at Neene Park, just
outside Peterborough, to settle the outcome of the annual point's
series. Aquarius was represented by Mike Stevens and his crew Robert
with ST368 and Mike Baker and Keith Hatton with ST369. Other SigneTs
came from Paxton Lakes SC, just down the A1 at St.Neot's while others
came from the Midlands.
Three races were run commencing at 11:00am. During the
morning the SW wind strength was 2 gusting 3 but gradually increased as
the day progressed. The course used a good portion of the lake and
included a long spinnaker run from the second to third marks.
The racing in this particular meeting was interesting.
Instead of developing into a procession, based on experience, positions
were constantly changing.
All three races
consisted of a beat to Mark 1(S), a short reach to Mark
2(S) and then a long run to Mark 3(S), a broad reach across to Mark
4(S) and back across to Mark 4(P), followed by a long beat back to the
line and another lap.
Total distance covered eachlap was about
1½ mile's and to make things really interesting there was a club
race going on at the same time, plus several trainee sailors and wind
surfers milling about to cope with.
The sailing was fast and furious
and Keith and I loved every minute of it. Richard Cannon retained the senior point's series trophy,
despite not even sailing at the last meeting. The final results of the
Ferry Meadows open were as follows:-
Not a bad result for Aquarius boats and crews really.