Sail Chat: 03.07.2022

Light, shifty, north westerlies with cloud and sunshine alternately, the cloud often initiating the shifts. Officiating were Simon and Claude with Alison and Fiona timekeeping. Sailing were David (Solo) briefly retiring almost immediately with rig problems, Michaela with Brian (Comet), Paul in the Laser, which he is mastering well, me with Jane (Enterprise) and Elize bimbling in Pinky Seaweed. 
Select few at lunchtime as its Salcombe and Vintage Cars time. Welcome delivery of  Rebellion beer though, as it was all consumed at the regatta.
In the afternoon just two GP’s out, George with Chris and Trevor with Alison. By the look of it they changed places a few times. The Handicap was really well attended so to cover our lack I joined them with super light crew Elize. David was out with trouble free rig, James in his Comet, Paul in the Laser and a welcome return of the native Roger in his Laser.  Great start again by Paul and I was over the line, returned, hit the outer distance mark and did turns. In the first leg James had to do turns due to a port starboard incident with me and Elize and to complete the turnings Paul, whilst leading, hit the windward mark up river. Whilst it can be really aggravating it is refreshing to see fleets do their penance on the water and it should be encouraged. The breeze in the afternoon was more settled and made for an enjoyable windward leeward race.
Tea was by Michaela and Brian and I must report his fruit cake (made in his workshop) was sublime, apparently it has vinegar in in it ! The Commodore then led a happy birthday to George and presented Elize with her glass for coming third in the Enterprises at the regatta and a medal with the HSC colours for being the first Junior. Well done Elize !

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