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Port Dinorwic Open 2015 - 02/03 May
4 boats made it to PDSC in the end.

RACE           1 2 3   4    5 TOTAL 
Jo / Corin     2 (3) 1   2    1    6
Strang / Pip   1 2 2   1 (dnf) 6
Cath / Alex   (4) 1 3   3    2    9
Mike / Jen     3 4 4 (dnf) 3    14

2 races Saturday in a strong easterly wind horrible gusts from 2knots to 25knots and back again continuesly with massive 45° shifts and rain! not PD at its best, still we managed to get 2 races in. Everyone swam at least once. The less said about it the better but both race leaders won very comfortably with huge gaps behind them.
Wonderful dinner in the club and lovely evening in the pub. 

Sunday was a different day, wind was a good 3 to 4 from a much better South westerly direction and the ebbing tide created lovely waves, very wet first thing but it had stopped raining by the time we arrived at the club.
Lots of sea kayakers in large groups were enjoying the water as well. one of the groups 15 of them I think, decided to join us on one of the windward legs, at least they had the good sense to stop and let us go round them. We had 2 races then a brake. Full with lunch we set off out again in to a gust that was actually the wind building to a force 5, still wind against tide and still all to play for.
Unfortunately Strang and Pip's boom snapped just after the start forcing them to retire, but still meaning Jo and Corin had to win to beat them. All bots did well to finish what turned in to very borderline conditions, with a super 2 sail reach. The race officer sensibly shortened the course after 2 laps.
Thank you to all at PD especially Ken our race officer and Lou in the galley we were well looked after. Looking forward to Carsington in just under 3 weeks.
Jo Powell 2015
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