Due to considerable happenings last week I neglected to mention the Master was out sailing, he was, it’s an example to us all and I am sorry Peter.
Sailing today was challenging because the wind was very light, again from a west north west direction and seemed to roll off the south shore at times. Much warmer than last week though.
Kevin and Colin set a triangle course, in what wind there was, but it seemed to cause some confusion in the GP fleet. It can be tricky knowing left from right at times! The Merlins of Hywell and Lucy and Stuart with dutiful daughter Immy had no such confusion going down river to J mark. Hywell and Lucy had it this week.
In the Enterprises were; Jane/Sophie, Ian/Brian, Ellen/Nigel (in his lovely new specs) and Ra with me. I mark off the Church Land, to starboard, entertained three fleets and therefore flights were crowded (it was after all placed by a flyer) and along with the navigational skills of some caused consternation. In the GP fleet were Derek and Mary (who knew the way), John with Sue, Malkie and David and Keith with twin Anthony, I think it was he?
The Hon Sailing Secretary also managed to cause a stir at this mark, calling proper course, windward, starboard etc. My helm breathed ”I am glad we are not there”. Peter and Ali (Hywell the younger) also made up the handicap fleet. Ian and Brian came out of the melee and did circles.
Super tasty sausages etc. from Amelia and Anna, impeccable time keeping by Karen and Ali and our new Commodore Kevin made his first speech to loud acclaim.
The next generation of sailors then arrived in style for their Christmas Party.
Last week at our dinner, dance and prize giving I was presented with the very special Perseverance Trophy and Commodore John Bell said some exceptionally kind words about me. It was so unexpected and I was so surprised that I was without words.
Therefore I want to thank HSC members and the Committee for this recognition. Whatever I do I could not do without the support of Jane. Whatever I do for HSC is not out of duty it is because I love doing it. Whatever limited successes I have had sailing are because, over the years, I have been fortunate to have a succession of loyal, reliable, enthusiastic young crews, to whom I will always be grateful.