Ed starts us off this year with a bit of skipperly superiority. Just how close can he get Lullaby to Potter bridge before lowering the mast to shoot? If you look closely you can see they're beginning to do so, but will they make it in time? Will they? Will they?
Yes, apparently. If you look closely you can see the boat ahead of them, already further into the shooting manouver, using a blanket as a makeshift sail. That's probably cheating, but very inventive.
Meanwhile, not everyone is being energetic and shooting Potter bridge. Instead, they're standing around and watching, vaguely wondering if any disastrous but entertaining mishaps occur. None did. From the left: Mike, Tom, Katie, Robin, Matt, Ruth, Mark, Nicky, Becca and Richard.
Phil and crew pilot Wood Anemone through Potter bridge. Katie stands ready at the mast, Matt quants (or is attempting to assist in the steering, it's not clear), Phil helms, Fi poses on the stern deck, and Nicky balances on one leg.
After all that exhausting 'getting through Potter bridge' business, what better way to relax than by sitting down with a nice bit of... er, bread. Well, skipper Rachel seems to be enjoying it.
Lunch on Kestrels at Potter. Matt and Mark happily consume some food, while Mike employs an ancient Kestrels hand gesture, the meaning of which is unclear. It probably means he wants someone to pass him an apple or something.
Getting away from the moorings at Ranworth this year proved tricky - moored stern onto a lee shore in a force five or higher. Fortunately, Kestrels skippers are highly skilled and experienced in such matters. Ed assists Phil and the crew of Wood Anemone to depart with the quantpole.
Alex assists ably with Phil's departure by timely use of the quant. You can't tell from the photos, but it was a fairly tricky lee shore to get off, and it was getting quite windy indeed.
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