Sunday 22nd April brought sun, 23 degrees and a fresh southerly with, sometimes, a hint of west in it. Team Phill and Stuart set, a sort of on its side trapezoid course in an attempt to get a true beat somewhere. With sparkling conditions in the morning race out went the Master (Comet), the Hon Sailing Sec (Solo), Ellen with Jane (Enterprise), a very welcome return of Brian out with Mike (Enterprise), Duncan and Annie (Enterprise), and Stuart J with Claude (Enterprise). The Hon Sec had a problem with the trapezoid thing and Ellen shot into the lead. Peter was performing masterfully and executed a fine gybe in a gust and went for a dip. After a bit of pulling, pushing and astonishing agility he was replaced in Benn 1 and the Race Officer had a nice little sail in a Comet after all. In spite of going ashore to assist in the rescue Stuart still prevailed in ‘Starship Too’.
In the afternoon others must have recognised the super conditions because they came in numbers. In GP’s on a super short course, to satisfy some, came George and Chris, Derek and Son, Kevin with Maddie and John with Ali. Lots of shouting in the absence of the letter ‘S’ on the course board, Oh dear!
In the Premiers we had Stu with multi tasking Claude, John with Deidre and ‘Heaven Sent’, well, Andrew and Ellie actually and good to see them back.
Bim Bom was out in the Handicap fleet with Ben and the Solos of David and Nigel.
Last out the Enterprises fielded Jane with Ellen, Ian with Tim (prospective new member?) Brian with a very welcome return of Michaela, the Aviator and Amelia, Col with sartorial head gear, and surprise visitor Merlin sailor Andy Dalby out with his very young but fearless daughter Aimee. Andy had not forgotten his skills and won the race in Starship Too.
Good attendance of visitors and all the really young ones were taken out for a spin with Andy in quite breezy conditions.
Scrumptious tea by Mrs Gina Warren and Mrs Mary May, Assiduous time keeping by Di and Ra with just one little surprise for the heavenly boat! Not bad effort by the race team and only ear-ache of 3 out of 10 for the race officer. The bar was expertly and tirelessly run by Stuart, once the security and technology had been conquered. The blogger has decided to maintain the above ear-ache graph for all race officers and it may assist in some subsidence but there again it may not!
We ended this excellent day with fizz toasts for Gina and James and the Commodore got us to sing for the club.
Next Saturday ‘Round The Island Race and Supper’ and normal sailing on Sunday.