Kielder Water RS Aero Open - Northumberland, UK, 14th July
Thanks to Andrew Molyneux for his report from our first visit as a Class to scenic Kielder Water right up on the Scottish border.
A cracking day at Kielder was had by the large number of visitors enjoying this new venue on the northern circuit. The five boats that made the trip, despite the forecast of light winds, were not disappointed by the Met offices prediction, who were if anything optimistic. The first boat out in good time to make the start line by 11:00 missed the coffee break enjoyed by the other 4 during the postponement to await the infill of wind. The first race got underway around 12:00 with the wind picking up and the challenge to stay upright only coming when roll tacking in the wake of the rescue boat. The race officer was keen to set a beat and carefully placed the windward mark. He needn’t have worried as every leg turned into a beat at some point!
The start with five boats was fairly even but Allan soon emerged from the middle of the pack as the front runner. The fleet stayed compact throughout the 50 minute, 1 lap race with the odd gust (of half a mile an hour) threatening a change of positions. Allan led from start to finish with Andrew, Iain, Steve and Julie often threatening but not troubling him.
One race took us up to lunch and a great lunch it was with inclusive 'FREE PUDDIN''.
Lunchtime was spent willing the wind to fill in (or was it) but with the lake now like glass in every direction it was time to call it a day.
Kielder were fantastic hosts in this great picturesque location. The ever present sociable atmosphere of the northern fleet made this a great event and well worth the trip despite the curtailed sailing programme.
We look forward to returning to brisker conditions next year!
Photo; On a weekend of little wind the fastest action was on the outside of Kielder Water!