Sail Chat: 24.09.2017

Bright slanting sunlight that only September can produce brought with it a brisk south east by south wind on Sunday 24th.

Race team Richard Comber and Peter Skingley set a sensible course, I off the willow tree and E up-stream. Only three racers in the morning; Simon and Claude (Merlin), David (Solo) and Ra with me (Enterprise). The southern influence of the wind and Garricks Ait had a turbulent effect on the wind often causing a considerable backing shift which turned a reach rapidly into a beat. This caused the Solo and Enterprise some difficulties, whilst the Merlin danced away. The Solo left the the course briefly with some gear failure but joined it again a lap in arrears. The Merlin had it by a country mile.

In the afternoon many arrived to enjoy the sun and breeze. Causing some considerable consternation amongst the more traditional members, Hywell, the Race Officer, set a long course, for all, to that almost unknown K mark, with a run back to E or F. This proved to be an astute choice as the best wind was below Garricks Ait; it had also backed more to the east but had died somewhat above the island later in the racing.

A sudden swarm of Merlins went out, nothing to do with rumours of them joining the handicap fleet next season I am assured! Good to see their Fleet Captain James out with Bim Bom Ben, also in the mix John and Livvy, Richard and Amelia, Simon and Claude and Rob with Jo. A tight tussle ensued between John and Simon.

In the Enterprises were Ian with Deirdre, Richard with guest, Sarah with guest (great to see you out Sarah), Sophie and Jane and me with Ra.

GP’s, with next weeks open in mind, had Kevin and Maddie, John with Ali, Keith with Shivini (welcome back Shivini) and George with Chris.

In the handicap was David Solo and Roger Laser. Also the red sails of the Mirror were seen along with Sammy and Dad. Great turn out folks with tea to match by the one and only Jane P. The clan Cass and many other welcome visitors swelled our numbers further along with the bar takings; enough to cheer Malky!

See you next week when its the Crews, Youth and Improvers Regatta on Saturday and the GP Open on Sunday.

Phill

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