Marshalling a sailing race

I’d arrange with the Shotwick Sailing Club membership secretary to have a look around the club this morning.The lake is man-made and a rectangle surrounded by grass, it was created when gravel was dug out for building an industrial eastate (behind the lake). When I arrived a open race was about to start and without much persuasion I was helping out with marshalling the race. I know nothing about racing so it was a steep learning curve and I’m still not sure how the race started! I had to look out the sail numbers and write them down after each lap of the course, quick difficult with sail numbers being at least 6 digits and boats crossing within seconds of each other! It was a beautiful sunny day and I’d have loved to be on the water. The members were enthusiastic and friendly, over 20 boats competed in all classes of boats. After that impromptu induction to racing I’ve decided to join the club – next step what dinghy to sail in?

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