This Sunday was the perfect way to kick off the post COVID races with 7 boats on the water!
Nadine was OOD and optimistic the winds would hold up, but in true Bolgoda Spirit the wind dropped down to almost floating speed on the fun legs and picked up on the beats.
The first start was recalled and the second race was a comedy of errors from the get go.
There was a bit of a struggle with Dhanika & Janaka coming up from leeward to luff and push Nadine & Kethaka over the line forcing them to come back and restart. The first beat was an interesting one with some nice left hand shifts that were played perfectly by Dhanika, Jonquil and Movin who rounded in those positions respectively. It looked like Dhanika & Janaka were going to run away with it till they forgot which mark they had to go to, which gave Jonquil leeway to round the correct ODM mark first. From this point there was a clear head fleet of Dhanika & Janaka, Jonquil & Simon and Movin & Mini that had at least a leg’s lead over the rest of the fleet.
The second fleet consisted of Nadine & Kethaka who spend most of their time getting caught up in the spinnaker and doing unusually flat tacks in true Sunday Sailing Spirit. Jordan & Akil weren’t far behind and got to witness the escapades. It was wonderful to have Maleena back on the water with her unsuspecting crew Alison who managed a feat that the most experienced sailor wouldn’t attempt - she held the jib in the entire time without cleating it just to ensure they didn’t have any accidental swims!
The last two beats saw shifts from left to right swinging like a pendulum every few minutes, Dhanika & Janaka expertly manoeuvred these to finish first over the line with Jonquil & Simon close behind to take second place and 3rd place by Movin & Mini, who were the most impromptu duo with Movin jumping out of a laser and into his first helm of a GP at the last minute to make it the dynamic duo!
The friends on shore got to witness one last little fight for the finish between the Nadine & Kethaka (the oldies) and Jordan & Akil (the newbies) who caught a lift that would have given them the win IF the finish was between ODM - IDM, which it was not. While Jordan & Akil prematurely celebrated, Nadine & Kethaka finished IDM - P correctly. Maleena & Alison cruised in shortly after and after all not in last place, as it turns out the coach & current national champ managed to somehow come through the line instead of around the ends which means they never actually started the race! 😂
All in all it was unsuspecting duo & comedy of errors Sunday, which turned out to be one of the BEST ways to come out of COVID!