With a temperature of 23, sun and a light easterly it was perfect sailing on Sunday 21st. Brian and Stevie G were the race team and considering the light nature of the wind, a bit of current and a continuous stream of kayaks, competing in the race from Devizes to Westminster, they set a sensible short course I to E. Only three out in the morning; Simon and Claude, Stuart and Sue in traditional Merlins and me with Jane in the lone Enterprise. Even without spinnakers the Merlins lapped the Enterprise giving a simple one, two, three. The race lasted exactly one hour!
In the afternoon Tom and Sonia arrived with their lively but delightful mini tribe and took possession of fishing nets and a GP. Others arrived and suddenly the club looked as of yore. First off in a fresher breeze were the Enterprises – Christopher with a welcome return of his Mother, the Rear Commodore, Jane with Alison, Ellen and the Vice Commodore, loving every minute in the kennel, and Alexandra with me. After an hour and a half of sailing (to the minute quoth Brian proudly) little separated Chris, Jane and Ellen and after a tight tacking duel Chris and Michaela had it by a couple of boat lengths.
Good showing from the GP’s with John and a welcome back to Debbie, Derek and Mary, George and Chris, Keith with Susan and Tom with Arthur, Austin and (I think) Esme, which was a jolly boat. Debbie kept the boat really flat and they won!
Merlins out were; Simon and Claude, Stuart with Sue, Andrew with Ellie, Hywell with fearless Evan and Phil with Liz and all the family. Maintenance problems for the Doctors? One lost a mast and one a rudder!
Great news for the Handicap fleet, and also congratulations, as the Master was out in his Comet. Gladdened were the hearts of the usual ageing faithfuls by the presence of so many children and young people at the club. Could it be Gina’s tea, the weather, bank holiday or a combination of all three? Anyway repeats required!
At the end of the day, Nigel thanked all of the duty team, reminded us of the Open Day next Sunday, the Sunbury Rally on 11th May, the Mid Thames Trophy at Staines SC on Saturday 18th May (if interested speak to me) and we sang happy birthday to Rob.
See you next Sunday?