I travelled to Roadford Lake in the West County for the Finn UK Inland Championships last weekend. This event is the first of the qualifiers for the Finn Gold Cup in 2012 to be held in Falmouth. Any chance of completing in the famous event and you must attend at least 6 of the 7 nominated meetings this year and of course get some good results (at least top 10) to stand any chance of lining up for the big event in May 2012.
Well, the forecast for the weekend was absolutely correct, (much of the same for most of the UK is seems) with light breezes and above average temperatures for April.
So 31 boats gathered for this annual fixture, and the scene was set for 10 races over the 2 days. Saturday dawned and the lake was like a mirror. Its good to see with the relative small class size of the Finn fleet in the UK, how friendly and welcoming the competitors are. As usual with opens, most of us rigged in the faint hope the slight breeze would settle down, and as usual you could see various groups in 'discussions'.
In once such group the topic of sailing clothing came up, and it notable that Rooster products do not have such a massive following in the Finn class. However, there was plenty of interest in my recently purchased Rooster Pro Aquafleece
semi dry top. The pro top now boast a thicker/heavier fleece, waterproof taped seams and adjustable neoprene waist and wrist closures. The neck gaiter is also improved with it higher closure. The top is finished off with some striking Rooster graphics. It also dries off very quickly after racing.
Well the breeze just came in, and with a late start we had 4 races, losing just one scheduled race. Overnight position I was third overall.
Sunday, was a stunner of a day, wall to wall sunshine and temperatures of 18°c plus and with the wind settling down by mid morning with 8-10 knots from the SE we had 5 good races. I blew it when I missed the upwind startgate. I was so focused on keeping a clear lane and wind, I just forgot it. I could have then got rid of a 22nd result when I was 5/6th at the time. Never mind.
Well pleased with my 9th overall. Full results here.