A Good Start To The SAMM Autumn Race Series
Six boats and their crews competed in the first day of the Sailing Association Mar Menor’s Autumn 2016 Series on September 11th; a good number considering many members have not yet returned to Spain after their summer away.

samm Dinghy Start 11.09.16Wind was 5 to 7 Knots NE and sea state moderate. It was decided by the RO to conduct one race consisting of 6 laps. A fairly lengthy course was set entailing approximately 25 to 30 minutes per lap.

Start gate was between the bows of the two moored ferries with the race officials having excellent oversight from one. The start gate was slightly narrower than usual and proved to be an exciting challenge, which all boats met with excellent handling skills.

First to go were the two Sailfish with only 5 seconds separating them over the start line. The dinghy start was even more exciting with all 4 boats jostling for position and crossing within seconds of each other, too close to set them apart.

Six laps proved to be quite tiring for some of the crews and pretty soon they were all spaced out over the course. Despite that, with the slight adjustments of the handicaps since last season, the final results were quite close with Sirocco first followed by Shoestring Dos and Tres in close pursuit.
samm Sirocco chasing Mistral 11.09.16At the debrief everyone agreed that it was a good course and a very enjoyable day. It was pleasing to note that almost everyone stayed for the debrief and a little social get-together afterwards.

All SAMM races take place from the CTD sports centre on the beach at Los Narejos. Registration is at 10am and non-members are welcome. The next race day was on September 18th then every other Sunday until November 27th.

For more information about SAMM see their website www.sailingmarmenor.com