The drastic change in the weather and the massively supported ‘Ride for London’ bike ride conspired to reduce our numbers on Sunday 29th July.
With a strong south, south westerly and driving rain it was challenging for bikers, race teams and sailors alike.
Simon and Richard set a straight forward up river mark at ‘E’ and a down river gybe mark at ‘I’ off Garricks Temple, with 9 laps. This produced a buffeting beat followed by an exciting reach, especially off the club and Bell Hill. In the morning race there were only two Solo’s, David and Nigel and one GP, John and Phill. Gusts were registered up to 25-30 but the water remained nice and flat and the pressure was easily seen. All three of us had a terrific sail for just under the hour.
In the afternoon the wind had abated a tad but the rain continued. John and I were joined in the GP’s by Keith and daring Sue and JB with Andrew in one of the club boats. Both Solo’s came out again but there were no Enterprises or Merlins. Again very physical sailing but no capsizes or incidents on the water and great fun.
A brief incident required our Hon Sailing Sec to be glued up but it did not affect his humour or apparently his intellect.
Apres sail was cake by Annabel (gold star A) and Lucy also serving with Mother. Mary May bought fizz (well Derek did) for all the girls as she hopes to be a granny soon. Lots of baby sitting Mary – yum yum! Maddie made a brief announcement about no up-coming events.
Congratulations to our intrepid and soaked cyclists ‘Le Col’ (sponsored by that well known East European car maker Skoda) and Amelia who still managed to look glam on the Hurst Road. Both completed the whole 100 odd mile course avoiding the crashes and diversions.
See you next week when, no doubt, the sun will be back. Photo’s courtesy of Richard Cass.