With no wind, the lake like glass, Roland and his team were reluctant to run a race, but the 14 boats were keen to sail…!! Some points needed to sort out the top places!!
The course was Xp, 8p, 7p and for those on shore it was like watching paint dry!! But Ian in his supernova got away at the start, was caught up by Mike, who then managed to head off to 6 instead of 7. letting Ian through again!! All very exciting! Finishing places on the water were 1st Ian, 2nd Mike, 3rd Newton, but the results page says it all!!
As ever the Pirates were out in force, 14 boats, some 30+ youngsters, in the gusty winds and sunshine. Gary decided to fly the Pirate flag at 1/2 mast – the first to notice was the commodore……then the children came to ask as well – ….”we are in mourning” said Gary, as Pirates has come to an end. There was a race and then some fun and the usual capsizing, which everyone loves!!! While the children enjoyed their hot chocolate, Jerry made a little speech about how important the Pirates are – the largest activity in the club, with more youngsters on the water, more people enjoying the club facilities, than even the Sunday and Wednesday racing! Quite amazing!
Presentation were made to Gary, Don and David, Carole was away, and Gary said his ‘bit’ as well and there were ‘thank yous’ all round.
Up the Pirates!!
Saturday dawned, fine but a little chilly, but it did not deter the campers. Firstly, there were a few arrivals for the work party, wrongly shown in the Year Book for the 31st…….it’s next Sat 7th!! But David, Mike, Frantz. Bob and Peter set about strimming, moving sand and bricks from under the galley window, then helping set up for the camp sail – Louise did a sterling job supervising the erection of the gazebo.
Tents were soon being put up and Gary had agreed to do an ‘extra’ Pirate session in the afternoon – another race and more fun on the water, with kayaks, an assortment of boats – Rob, Colm and Hugh ‘road testing’ the Firefly kindly given to them by Chris – the youngest Pirate, Affe, out for her 1st sail in her brother’s Oppie – with smiles and capizes all around!!
Soon the BBQ was being lit, Colin and his mates arriving with their instruments and delicious food being enjoyed to the accompaniment of some wonderful jazz music, with a beautiful sunset over the lake as a back drop – quiet idyllic. The huge bonfire was lit and the youngsters disappeared to enjoy the warmth of the flames – there was even some dancing on the deck and a wonderful chorus of Happy Birthday for Alice’s 16th birthday.
In the musicians break a gorgeous bouquet was presented to Carole for all the work she has put into running the Pirates all summer long.
But all too soon it was getting late and a little chilly….though some stayed up into the small hours……
Sunday morning saw a flurry of activity, with Gary cooking bacon on the BBQ, everyone ‘mucking in’ to take the gazebo down and clearing up ready for the Sunday racers keen to start the Cobley pursuit series. It was a good race in a nice, gusty at times, wind.
But with the campers packing up their tents and some heading off, the day did not end there as Simon arrived with his family to celebrate his birthday, along with Sue, Dean, their girls and Sally and Mike with their friends and a picnic lunch – it was all happening at RSC at the week end!
There was an amazing sunset over the lake when the last of us left.
Many thanks go to everyone who helped to make such a great time at the club.