By Russell Camier
Cruiser Racing Secretary
We did not expect, when we had our pre-season meeting on Wed 26th Feb in SJT, that our first cruiser race of 2020 would not be until Sat 11th July. But now we are finally back on the water, and the small fleet last Saturday was rewarded with 10 to 12 knots of breeze from the south and flat water. Some sun would have been nice too, but we had to settle for “dry”! Unfortunately, our newest addition to the fleet had some minor engine trouble which kept them in their berth, but we expect to see them out on the water very soon. Out at sea, the wind direction allowed for a course choice of a beat to the Portmarnock mark and a run back to the safe water mark. Focuz volunteered to act as committee boat, and set up a line for the racers. The wind held for two laps, and with the moderate conditions, spinnakers were possible even with crew numbers reduced to aid in on-board social distancing. ‘Kahera’ was first to the finish, but ‘Shenanigans’ was a close second after choosing the offshore option on the second spinnaker leg and closing the gap dramatically therefore demonstrating that windward-leeward courses produce the best racing! As readers will recall, 2019 was notable for the large number of dinghy crew placements onto cruisers, helping to strengthen links between the two areas of our club. Perhaps the wider events of this year will limit the repetition this year, but I hope it will still be a feature where possible. So it was great to have a 420 sailor join Brian on ‘Mon Reve’, a 23-footer, so plenty of room for two while maintaining social distancing. The sailing event was followed by the second “car park party” in SJT and was well attended. The formula, as before, was bring your own bottle and outdoor seating only. Two large pizzas appeared at one point and were swiftly demolished by the hungry sailors.Work has also commenced on preparations for the MYC Cruiser Regatta on Saturday 22nd August… spread the word.