Sail Chat: 20.11.2022

The breeze came in as if by order of the starting times at 11:30. At last we had west south west wind with some strength, giving a proper beat which required some tacking to the windward marks. This frisky wind was made more challenging by a considerable stream which if one sailed much more than half way across the river from the Surrey bank, the wind was blanked most of the time.
 
Four Enterprises out again, Jane with Michaela, Ian with Susie, Richard with Claude and me with Paul. Places changed considerably on the second beat as the wind increased and the lighter helm and crew were overtaken but when the wind dropped fought back. Whilst most of the time it paid to play the Surrey bank to windward, on the down-wind legs a gybe onto a port tack run with the pole out seemed to favour.
 
Enjoying the extra breeze in GP’s were John with Sue, Derek and Mary (fresh and agile from some intense racquet sports) and Keith with Susan. Close racing in this fleet too!
 
Only two in the Handicap fleet – why? Best wind for months. David Solo and Brian Comet. Where the James’s?
 
Two Merlins Hywell with Hannah, a Merlin first timer, oh yes and the spinnaker was up! Stuart with Nicola, when I saw them having a close encounter.
 
Excellent windward leeward courses set by veteran Hampton member Richard Page and Greek waters sailor, Tim Herbert Smith. In the box keeping time our very own IT whizz Karen and expert Laser sailor of yester-year Deirdre. Bar by various and super sausages with trimmings by the Kevin and John show.
 
The Commodore and the Social Secretary reminded us of the upcoming Dinner and Dance next Saturday and the Aged Persons Lunch on 8th December. You have not lost your chance just contact Ali?  
 
Next Sunday Tresh and me on catering – prepare for a surprise!
 
Phill

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