Six boats from the Dun Laoghaire fleet headed north to Portaferry on a dirty night with a split in the fleet established early. Some paid the Queen’s shilling and took the obvious route on the Strangford ferry, while others went the long way around to save a few quid for the bar.
Pumper was first up packing in the pints, with wee Davie showing off his ff tattoo. Capt Coal Harbour arrived but didn’t make the club. He had to entertain his international crew.
Off to differing accommodations with the consultant and his crew playing it close in the Portaferry Hotel. Baker boy McCambridge and sparks Murphy were stationed above the local bar (where our class captain entertained us all last time), with Little and Large tucked up in their family accommodation.
Would Pumper make the first race, having to dash to George Best Airport to pick up his jockey Cathal? Best result and panic averted, as flight early.
Great day’s racing, with the cream rising to the top. Pumper looked like the cat that got the cream.
It was a day for the big boys weightwise. But Dave Grey Cover Gorman and the Prince of Pollensa showed their class and led after day one. Afterwards, a splendid dinner in the club, with the president looking for his successor to take over the role. Jo Bridges favourite to take over, to much acclaim.
Brexit a topic of conversation: will visiting ffs have to declare their sail wardrobe at border crossings for future events?
Beautiful day two, with light airs. With spreaders and rig adjusted the night before, could the heavyweights hold their places? All to play for.
Very shifty winds in race one, with spinnakers going up on the beat. A strange race won by Cathal and the Pumper. Little and Large sneaking up the rankings with a third. Grey Cover Gorman required a win, but to no avail.
Cathal and Pumper deservedly took the Northern Championship series.
After an unusual sail down the Lough in hailstones like bullets, we all packed up under a sky of thunder and lightning and headed home.
A good weekend was had by all, and thanks to Portaferry Sailing Club for their hospitality.
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