24 April 2014
|| Jim Green
|| Dennis Burgen
Dennis Burgin launched his Solution and Jim Green his Solo for Thursday evening's Pursuit Race at Forfar Sailing Club – the minimum number for a race! The wind amounted to a light south-easterly breeze while the boats were being rigged, but died to an “air movement” at the start time, promising a challenging sail.
As Jim set off almost 3 minutes ahead of Dennis, that quickly became apparent, with both sailors struggling to windward and having to endure a lengthy first lap. Dennis made virtually no progress on Jim until beating up for the second lap, when it seemed that an overtake was likely. However, the wind, such as it was, increased by a notch, Jim pulled away again, and positions remained so until the 50-minute whistle, when not even a second lap had been completed.
A beautiful spring evening perhaps, but one to test the patience of any sailor.