Report by Oscar Chess
Tata Regatta 4th & 5th November 2017
Fireworks were going off early as the cream of the Welsh Osprey fleet arrived at Tata Steel Sailing Club to be met by fresh gusty conditions with a definite chill in the air.
With 8 Ospreys lined up on the slipway, new pairings DJ with Tenby’s Dan Jackson in the magnificent Jennifer and Oscar with David Downs in Jammy Dodger were the unknown quantities.
The spray was flying during the first three races, Jammy Dodger leading the first two to be passed by Jennifer as each race went on. DJ pulled a textbook port end flyer in race 3 but nearly handed the lead back when he was at the bow on the foredeck gathering in spinnaker part way up one beat, Dan helming from the wire. This start was also memorable for a post start bail out tack by Best Chance that nearly scuttled half the fleet but somehow all survived unscathed.