Chilly but very light northerly on Sunday 8th October. Short I to F course put in by race team of Malky and James for the morning handicap. Participants were; Tim and Claude (GP) (good to see one in use as not used for a while), David (Solo), Ian with Susie, Jane and Sophie and Phill with Brian (Ents), in the absence of his resting helm! We all got round in about 3 miles an hour of wind, sometimes less, with perfect timing from race team.
In the afternoon it got warmer and the wind became more unpredictable with some quite nice puffs. We had much about the same short courses but with a separation of two marks (Surrey and Middlesex); which caused some crowding on the lower mark and one coming together. Rights at crowded marks with no room have to be rounded by avoiding contact (rule 14). This means one is obliged to go around all other boats even if it is your designated mark. You cannot go where there is no room. Hywell showed how!
Class sailing had a good showing of GP’s; George and Chris, Derek and Mary, Keith with Susan, John with Ali and the Commodore with Maddie.
One Merlin helmed by Lucy with Hywell crewing.
This was truly a Ladies day for being in charge, as in the Enterprise fleet Amelia helmed Colin, Sophie Jane, Ellen Brian, Ra Phill and Susie Ian (briefly). Which leads me to believe after two races together they have a rock solid marriage! One less lap would have suited as the wind died for the whole fleet at the up-river mark but this would have denied us a nearly dead heat and exciting finish by Ra and Sophie, which was cheered from the balcony.
Time by Hillary, Margaret and Marlyn. We still have the best time team on the river. Tea by Jane (again what!) and Angela who dispensed delicious calorie loaded scones and sensible advice about cycle safety; which I regret to say may be ignored.
P.S. to my faithful sub editors; once again I have received an ear bashing from our resident hack about squiggly things. If you see any failures please feel free to amend!
Next weekend Merlin Rockets perform so come along for the spectacle.