20 boats were rigging in the boat park and rigging area. The wind was unusually lacking this evening , it was going to be a relaxed leisurely sail for a change. It was nice to see a full compliment of O.O.D. s so the race was going to be well supported.
Everyone took to the water. The start line was very congested and Dave I decided he wanted to try get a good start so he sailed straight across the start blocking the sailors who were inching up towards the line. Unfortunately his boat stopped and poor Adrian tried to take avoiding action but clipped Dave s boat . Not a good start for Adrian. Dave seemed to continue from his perfect position on the start line and sail away from the fleet. The first mark was reached by Paul in his Europe closely followed by Ian and Mark.
Ian crept ahead of Paul but he was concerned about whether he was far enough ahead or not. If Ian won then it would be very interesting in the Gillette leader board. The first 3 boats would have equal points with only one more race next Wednesday, but life isn't always that exciting and Paul beat Ian by 20 seconds.
1st. Paul. 2nd. Ian. 3rd. Newton
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Another windy day…..Paul had only 1 OOD, so running a race for some 20+ boats was in doubt….where were the missing / no show OOd’s? Fortunately Bob was co-opted / volunteered and the race was able to run.
The course, 4p,9s,5p,2p,xs,8p,7p, gave some nice long beats and challenging runs. Young Ryan had a death role and a swim, but got his Byte up again and carried on. It was good to see young Andrew enjoying his first race in his Laser with David close by keeping an eye on him!
Karen, just returned from the Miracle champs, exhausted, crewed Nev in his Ent and really enjoyed it – a big difference from her Laser. Chris was out in his new Solo with a huge grin on his face – safe to say he’s pleased with his new purchase!!
Dave, fresh back from the Fastnet, was heard to say how good it was to be in a small boat again and be able to come ashore so quickly at the end of the race – he made a good start and finished 3rd – well done Dave. 1st Ian in his Supanova, 2nd Roland, with a radial sail, also back from a summer of ‘big boat’ sailing. Perhaps we all need to do some big boat sailing to improve our skills?!!
There was a good turn out of 35 people at the August work party – were YOU
there, have you attended any work parties yet this year?
Boat park overgrown areas were cut back, the rest of there bricks moved
from below the galley window, the new Toppers secured in the club boat area,
upstairs loft tidied and cleaned, gutters cleared out, clubhouse windows
cleaned, lighting in clubhouse sorted out and lots of other jobs.
But the highlight of the morning saw Brian and Richard, with huge grins on
their faces, sorting out the new power boat and launching it for some
gentle pottering around the lake……the engine needs to be 'run in.'
While most of the activity was outside, the commodore was 'head to head'
with Dean in the clubhouse with their laptops checking out the OOD rota and
duty man issues.
Those that stayed on for lunch in the sunshine, saw Alice and Louise have
a great sail in strongish winds – the new power boat on hand just in
Thank you to everyone who attended and did their bit.
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