Dear Byte sailor,

A very quick update from me, though I promise to send a more detailed news letter very soon.  Please note the following key points:

16 Bytes made the start line today despite the forecast of little wind. The AP was flown before lunch but we managed to squeeze 3 races back-to-back to complete the full card. Thank you to our visitors for making the effort to travel. Huge congratulations to Emma who starts the season in style with another win. Racing was close throughout the fleet - bodes well for the season ahead.

Happy New Year! 

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Dear Byte sailor,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and looking forward to the season ahead.  Apologies for the delay since the last update, life and work still have an unpleasant habit of getting in the way of sailing… one day….

By Richard Whitehouse

Saturday started cold (close to freezing), cloudless and windless. The first race, due to start at 12:30 was postponed until 2:30pm, when a rather fickle south westerly developed. Only two of the planned four races were completed on day one of the event.  Unusually for a Byte event, race one started with a general recall. On the restart Matt Banbrook took a flying lead by a considerable margin initially but got stuck in a hole on the run. The current national champion, Emma Pearson, closed on him, followed by Rick Whitehouse who had pulled up through the fleet from (his usual) poor start.  A three-way battle for the lead ensued, with Rick eventually successful, Emma second and Matt third. Unfortunately for Matt, a pre-existing injury prevented his participation in the rest of the event.