WHETHER it was strong winds, the holiday season or the Olympics, something kept Arden Sailing Club sailors away from the club on Sunday.
However, a hardy few gathered to assess the windy conditions which greeted them around midday.
Force four, five and six winds are very strong for dinghy sailors but five sailors decided to launch their boats and give it a go.
On the start line for the seventh race in the Arden Handicap Series, Ralph Evans in a Solo capsized with only a few minutes to the off.
Tricia Wood sailing a Comet handled the rough conditions very well while David Bryden in a Heron looked on and decided not to leave the landing stage.
Stuart Stephen with crew, daughter Caroline, got off to a good start, as did David Stephen in his Super Nova.
An eventful four laps of the course saw some spectacular sailing with spray flying from the bow of each boat as estimated speeds of up to 18 knots were achieved.
Only Stuart and Caroline did not capsize at some point during the race and this enabled them to gain first place over the finish line, closely followed by Wood’s Comet in second and Evans third.
David Stephen unfortunately did not finish as he capsized and unusually had difficulty righting his boat.
The second race of the day enticed only Stuart Stephen with Caroline and Evans to participate.
Conditions actually eased a little, but even so Evans’ Solo still did a spectacular capsize which lost him valuable time.
At the finish it was Stuart Stephen first and Evans second.
Credit must go to all the sailors who took part as the strong winds produced some amazing sailing.
The star of the day was Wood sailing her Comet. Even though she is light in weight, she held the boat up with amazing skill and produced fantastic spectator sport.
Arden Sailing Club does have some very good sailors and anyone interested in sailing or learning to sail, including Day Skipper Theory and VHF (SRC) radio courses, can visit ardensc.org.uk or contact Stuart on 07851 220787 for more details.