Sail Chat: 22.07.2018

Yet another hot sunny day at HSC on Sunday 22nd July with a nice cooling breeze from the west north west. Before the morning race there was training for some of our new recruits. This bolstered the race as some helmed, crewed and took part.

Richard Newman was race officer. Richard has been a member of the club for many years but now he only comes when he has a duty which he always loyally attends. His Assistant was Alan who can often be seen behind a bar! They set a sensible short course to take account of the Molesey Junior Rowing Regatta, low F low I.

Participating were a very welcome return of the Master, who was nearly up to his old standards, Jane with Lucy, Graham with Ellen, Ra with me (Ents), GP’s Kevin with Susan, Tim with Claude, Andrew and David and John with Ali. During the racing Duncan was Topper and capsize training with eager young takers.

In the afternoon the wind had dropped and it was pretty steamy but J marks were introduced and, give or take, worked quite well. Sailing then were Hywell and Andrew, Rob and David Sammons and John Bell with a pressed Angela, in Merlins.

Great turn out of the GP’s with Kevin/Maddie, Derek/Mary, John/Graham, Keith/Susan, Trevor/Alison, Tim/Claude and George with Chris. In the Handicap fleet was Ben in a Comet and David in his Solo.
The Enterprises had Sophie/Jane, Ellen/Lucy, Colin/Amelia, Ian/Suzie and me with Ra.
The breeze was generally light to the low F mark, nice and steady off Bell Hill and then light again below Garricks at J mark.

Terrific showing of our senior members who steadfastly sat cooking and supporting on the balcony.
Nice to see the Mirror out bowling along with all family Dalby aboard.

Time keeping Nicky Page and Jo Heath, silently efficient. Catering Alison and Sonja, Bar Alan (told you!)
Hot, sticky but – cool at HSC. EAFRO=0

See you next week when you might have to come on your bike and or leave plenty of time as thousands of would be Wiggo’s and Armitsteads are out in the Ride for London.

Phill

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