A postponement flag was hoisted, the kettle went on and then things started to improve. The drizzle dried up, Pendle Hill shed its mist and more importantly tiny wavelets appeared on the water.
The first race got under way in this patchy but improving light breeze. Competing were two Merlins and a raft of singlehanders from six different sailing clubs. Despite many regulars being away on holiday a very respectable 18 boats turned out for this mid week over 50's meeting.
In the first race Martin and Rene Watts (Hollingworth) led the way on the water in their Merlin, whilst Dave Woodhead (Elton) in his Solo led the singlehanders. Martin and Rene built up a big lead but were caught out by a major change in wind direction on the second lap which resulted in the chasing slower boats being able to complete the beat in one tack. Overall the first two places then went to Solos with Dave 1st and local hero Peter Dewhurst (Burwain) 2nd. Martin and Rene were third with solos sailed by Gerald whitehead (Hollingworth) and Paul Salmon (Elton) in 4th and 5th.
After lunch the wind had filled in more, warranting the occasional use of toestraps in the second race and the sun had started to put in an appearance to provide superb sailing conditions. Dave Woodhead again clinched this on handicap although Martin and Rene made sure of second place this time. Meanwhile the closest racing was taking place between the rest of Solo fleet, (eight boats) and the leading Streaker.
This time Dave Eccles (Leigh and Lowton S C) took 3rd place with the Streaker of Richard Long (Hollingworth) in 4th and a 5th place went to the second Merlin of Jerry Cahill and Ian Beebe (Bolton S C).
For the third race the wind had freshened even more providing marginal planing conditions. Dave Woodhead secured his third win and the Merlins were pushed further down the results by Paul Salmon in 2nd, Simon Ashworth (Laser- Burwain)3rd, Richard Long 4th, leaving Martin and Rene to come in 5th.
The prize for the oldest sailor went to Arthur Aspden of Burwain sailing an RS Vario.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 18 June at Bolton S C. With four meetings left it is still possible to qualify for the series.