Last weekend Dan Vincent and I decamped the relatively short distance up the M4 to Bristol for our season opener at Chew Valley in the hope of a decent result. Numbers were expected to be slightly down as the boats that had travelled to Melbourne hadn't quite reached UK waters, but it provided the ideal opportunity to assess early season form, see some new faces at the front and get a decent counter in before the fleet doubles in size at Rutland!!
In a vain attempt to save some funds to allow me to fill my tank with diesel I had opted for the slightly cheaper (in financial terms at least) Dynasheet
for my new kite sheets. Having spent too much time over the years studying rope in its various forms I had noticed that Dynasheet has a hard wearing and closely woven outer which appears to provide similar properties to Polilite
ie. it doesn't tangle at inopportune moments. However, the same closely woven outer does make it a little time consuming to splice. In the past I have been able to knock up a set of Marlow Excel Fusion
spinnaker sheets during an evening of Champions League football...but with Dynasheet you'll be looking at a Europa League match on Thursday too! Anyway, very pleased with the finished product so far, no tangles, and no different to the Marlow alternative in terms of overall performance. So...overall conclusion both good options but if time rich and cash poor opt for Dynasheet!
Quick mention for the Pro Aquafleece
. After witnessing the scramble for them during the dinghy show this garment is becoming my favourite piece of kit. Love the addition of velcro which prevents the cuffs sneaking over the top of your watch with about 30 seconds to go, and keeps lower arms dry when stumbling around at the back of the boat trying to persuade the rudder to go fully down. Would certainly be a worthwhile addition until the water warms up, and as the new stocks in, so the post Dinghy Show extinction of 'Mediums' is thankfully over...
Back to the sailing...despite the Rooster sailors taking half the race wins between them James McIntosh took a very well deserved win with a frighteningly consistent set of results never outside the top 3. Full report can be found at http://www.mustoskiff.com/reports-and-news/2011/chew-open.htm
. Huge thanks to the race committee for getting a full programme during extremely tricky conditions and the club for providing quality food, beer and uninterrupted rugby coverage in the bar...fingers crossed for more boats next year!
Hope alls well