Our autumn 2023 racing season has been the worst on record for cancellations. Out of the planned 30 races only 9 actually went ahead, the remainder were canceled. Three due to adverse weather, four because a team could not be found to run them and the remainder were canceled by CTD.
To cap it all, the final day, December 3rd was a disaster because all the access roads in Los Narejos were closed to traffic for a cycle race, and many of the organisers and competitors were unable to reach the SAMM base at CTD, some after driving for 80 kilometers. There appears to have been no prior notification and even the CTD management seemed not to have known as they had given the OK for the racing to go ahead.
Of the nine races, the worst three results for each boat were discarded and, although many of the individual races were very closely fought, the outright seasons winner had a big lead over the other boats.
The full results were as per this table. A score of 12 indicates that a boat didn't race.
Cuatro, one of the Shoestring Groups Gamba dinghies, and sailed by a number of different crews, scored five firsts and a second in the six counting races to finish, with just 5.75 points
on the low score system. A fantastic performance by all the crews. The second
place boat, Shoestrings Dos a Laser 2000, mainly sailed by the same crew, was 7 points
behind but still did extremely well with one first, three second and two third places.
We all hope for a better 2024 racing season.
Cuatro, below left
Below right: Trophies were presented to Jack Moss, who sailed on Cuatro, right
and Dianne Hardwick who sailed on Dos, left.