The following report has kindly been provided by Barbara Forster, who also took on the organisation of this weekend as I was in Scotland (thank you, Barbara!):
The Nab Dash was held on Saturday in conditions that one could describe as challenging.
Thunder, lightning, heavy downpours and winds varying from almost nil to 27knots.!
Indeed it was a challenge to get to the start line as a storm came through while boats were
motoring down the Emsworth channel and visibility dropped to about 100m and we also had to
contend with ‘dodge the dredger’.
Our OOD decided to delay the start for 15 minutes. A good decision I thought as it gave time for
the conditions to improve slightly. (The OOD & his crew had another reason!).
It was a beat out to the Nab and soon after the start another rain storm hit us increasing winds to
about 25+ knots. Reefs were hurriedly put in (if they weren’t in already ). As soon as the storm
passed the wind freed and then gradually died to almost nothing. Fixation was ﬁrst round The
Nab, followed by Melody.
It was again a beat down the main channel towards Portsmouth, initially the boats were having to
tack on the wind shifts, then suddenly out of nowhere winds of 20 - 25 knots arrived, but at least
the sun had come out. Melody was seen to be over on her side at one point and there was no time
for any of us to reef as the ﬁnish line was fast approaching. Melody took line honours, closely
followed by Fixation and Baldur.
All the boats arrived safely at Gunwharf Quays where we were joined by Duet, Windsong and
Wombat. In the early evening we all got together for a lively but rather chilly pontoon party,
followed by an excellent supper at The Old Customs House for 29 of us in total.
Sounds like a blast! Race results for the weekend are now posted in the Results section of this website and congratulations to Baldur, who collected ALL the chocolates!