New Skiff takes to the waters of Belmont Bay
There was plenty of interest on Saturday with the 'New China Yachts" prototype Skiff at Belmont for a test-run.
Our Sailing Coordinator Danny takes up the story . . . .
Many onlookers came to cast their eye over the boat and three brave sailors took it out on a very cold Belmont Bay for a test sail.
Flano, Mackie and Bridgey, three of the 16s finest, put the boat through it's paces using the small rig for the first time. The boys said the boat felt stiff and quick.
It also seems to be impossible to tip over! As the boat flew towards the Club for a fly by, with the onlookers safely huddled in the warm around the "Gazeway", Flano lost control. The crowd cheered as Mackie tea-bagged along behind the skiff and the mast headed towards the waters surface, but somehow, perhaps due to the athleticism of Bridgey or maybe the sublime steering skills of Flano they saved the boat from it's 1st dunking. With the mast only a foot form the water it flipped back upright and Mackie re-joined the boat. It was closest to a swim I've ever seen without the crew standing on the board.
Thank you to Clint for bringing the boat up to Belmont.