One of the founder members of RSC. Bill, was seen out in his Heron today having celebrated his 90th birthday last Sunday with his family at a surprise party at the Runnymede Hotel, including a boat trip up the river. He was thrilled but said he would have preferred to have been in a boat with a sail!!
He often pops down to the club and has a quiet sail, pulling his boat out with his car!! An amazing guy, having had serious illness and 2 new knees in the last few years.
All at Reading Sailing club wish him many more sailing years to come and many congratulations!
It was going to be a hot day. The hottest day of the year . A swelling 24 degrees C. The wind was picking up even when the sailors were getting their boats ready. I felt Rod was going to have an eventful time on his hands.
The course consist of a long beat followed by a dead run down the whole length of the lake. The first person to sample the lake water was Richard. He performed too many rolls and capsized backwards. It was a testing part of the race.
Karen was struggling with the strengthening wind and she wasn’t in her usual position towards the front of the fleet. Due to the reduced numbers in Rod s team, he was struggling to run the race. Oswin , bless him soon realised it has been a long time since he last sailed his laser. And he was having severe difficulties with his boat and his boat punished him by whacking his boom over his head. Next time Oswin keep your head down! He sailed back to shore for immediate first aid.
The final results on the water were :
1st . Chris 2nd. David 3rd. Mark
A final note has to be mentioned on this report due to the members in Rods team not turning up. Rods team were having problems rescuing people and still running the race. we could of had a dangerous situation occur . So please if you are on duty please, please turn up to do it.
A lovely sunny day and under staffed SOOD, Peter Rose set the course for what looked like a drifter but typically, after the start sequence began, the Sun did it’s work and conditions picked up nicely.
Newton was called back at the start for being over the line; meanwhile, Andy in his Merlin ploughed ahead and looked splendid with spinnaker flying, lasers in hot pursuit.
In the lower orders Jon mack did battle with Monica, keeping in touch until nearly the end, whatever happened on that last lap?
Extreme sailor Steve in his 505 was impressive, often seen heeled over in dramatic fashion before missing out buoy four and finally coming to grief near buoy X with his mast stuck fast in the mud. Peter and his one helper had to rescue the boat after the race, just as well no one else got into trouble!!
Andy retired on what must have been the last lap to leave the field open to the usual suspects; Richard, Chris and Karen in lasers, Ian in his Supernova and Paul flying the flag for the Enterprise class.
It really doesn’t get much better than this, an excellent sail.
Results: 1st Richard, 2nd Chris, 3rd Ian.
Remember the racing rules are in effect from the momemt the preparation signal is made, and that collision regulations apply prior to then. If you are unsure please read the rules or ask another racer – don’t get a DSQ !!