Sunday 31 July

Another glorious morning, started with a mirror-like lake, but the forecast is for more great sailing winds. Just hope the risk of rain holds off!

The rain did hold off, the sun shone, and the wind picked up as the day went on. A few boats were pushing the start line and recalled, and a short first beat into a lee shore led to some congestion at the first mark, but racing was good and competitive, with some thrilling gusts to keep sailors on their toes.

Paul and Jude Allen, leaders in the fast handicap fleet, opted for a lunchtime siesta that overran a lttle such that they woke to see their competition preparing to start. All they could do was hope that vice commodore Robin Dawson was back on form to win the race and prevent main opposition, Wayne and Deb Fletcher, from snatching the trophy from them. It was not to be…

The first prize giving of the week rewarded the best of the 150 competitors with The ONE Gin (to adults) as the series was generously sponsored by The Lakes Distillery.

The evening entertainment was the annual quiz night and the winners were a team with ‘more members than the average Carlisle United crowd’!