Sail Chat 2023
Sail Chat 3rd December 2023-AGM
Grim old day again but this time a nice little southerly blowing, enough to stem the stream, which had reduced. Only three gallant takers George Comet, James Peel Comet and Hywell with Sophie Penwarden in the Merlin. Nice short course in the breeze F to H, layed by experienced yachters and race team, Chris Parker and Brian which produced a speedy short race for the Merlin and only slightly more for the Comets. The Merlin experienced a centre board obstruction off the Surrey bank and an object was seen.
After the race a team of Hywell, John, Brian and Ben salvaged a motor scooter submerged near the ferry landing on the Surrey bank, truly a herculean task.
Generous lunch was by Ellie and Angela, timekeeping by Ra and Livvy and bar by Mack, where the IPA was delicious. Refreshments were followed by our AGM where our warm hearted Commodore Michaela stood down and Ian Peerless was elevated along with his Equerry Susie. Sarah Jenkins was then appointed Vice Commodore. James Peel was welcomed to the committee.
Now Children! Its your party next week but you can't cry if you want to because Santa and his Elf will be there.
Can't see you next week so David witty blog from you please.PS The Sail Chat will now major on our new website hopefully with pictures.
Sail Chat Sunday 26th November
Slate grey skies, a dribble of wind from off the Surrey bank and a rampant stream travelling east. What a day to welcome the heavy heads who gallantly made it from the night before (or early morning) of our super dinner and dance. With the excellent company and food and in the words of 'Strictly' ''Amazing''! dancers.
Only three gallant takers on the water all who had been excessing the night before. George Comet, James Comet and Ian with Oli as a willing substitute in the Enterprise. Kevin and Stuart (duty team) used considerable initiative and cunning in mark placement to allow a finish, such is the finesse of our race officers.
The received a warm welcome of sausages and like fare from Susan and Sonya and the bar was run by Alan and a bit by Ben. Time keeping were Nicola and Susie. Come to think of it all present had enjoyed the night before in various lengths of time. Nice example!
Next time I am going to send the blog direct to Chris and George as it now goes direct onto the new website.
Sail Chat 19th November 2023
Dark skies, strong winds and gushing stream on the river Thames at Hampton on Sunday. There was a short postponement by the duty team of Brian, Philip and the Commodore, to allow for the conditions to moderate or sailors to pluck up courage. Three dauntless sailors came out, just about stemming the stream with the strong SSW blowing hard. Hywell with Sophie Penwarden in the Merlin, David in his Solo and Ben back in 'Mango' the Laser. The course was a sensible short up and down in front of the club E to H, of three laps. The beat up was challenging due to the gusts and the stream, anything but short attempts of a starboard tack swept boats back down river. Once round the mark boats just flew away in seconds to the downstream mark. All finished although the Laser was seen in various unusual positions but Ben was back!
Excellent turn out for HSC lunch club with affable service from Ellen and Michaela and bountiful barman Nigel. Time was by Angela and Susie. Much chat about knees and Egypt, reflecting the mature age and travel experience of many of our members.
See you next week. Phill
Sail Chat 12th November 2023
Slate grey skies, light rain, a strong stream and a 4 to 6 mph south easterly was the weather recipe. Tricky problem for race officer Roger and assistant Graham but with four determined sailors Roger set a HE HE course ( well just an H to E but that sums it up). With marks moving and replacements taking place postponements were needed. With great determination though the team set it up. Watchers were confused as all four contestants fought to stay up stream and it looked like they had started. With flags flying and hooters sounding the Merlin with Hywell and Lucy, Enterprise with Ian and hairy Ben, Comets of George and James Peel all swooped down stream at great pace to then idle around the windward mark H and struggle upstream. The Merlin got its spinnaker up and managed to get away but all eventually hugged to Surrey bank and went up at about 1 mph and then down at about 6 with some interesting broadside tacks to the mark. One of James was so enthusiastic he capsized but recovered in a trice. Ian caught the long rope on the large upstream mark and hovered about with the big yellow thing for a while. Great Hampton spirit by the sailors and team all got round and finished.
Time for the class racing was by Claude and Alan, traditional refreshments by Selena and Suzie and bar by various. Well done all for an enjoyable scene for the watchers and some good pics on the whatsap.
Phill as delegated by the Sailing Sec.
Sail Chat 29th October 2023
The first Frostbite
Hope springs eternal. About 24 hours before our start time the forecasters were betting the farm there was going to be 10mph wind and 30mph gusts. And sunny spells. And wouldn't it be nice to go sailing? With a 3 mph stream and the wind in the WSW. Instead like sailing in a cathedral of motionless grey clouds, you could have lit 40 candles, there was so little wind relative to what we needed, to overcome the relentless torrent.
But since we were promised wind, those who like a challenge i.e. an Enterprise (Ian and Ben) three Comets ( George Bell, James Peel, Brian Tweedie Smith) and a Solo leapt off the end of the Pontoon into the moving water. This was an act of desperate wishful thinking. So while the fleet tried in vain to reach the starting line, David whose sail fell down in prep (and got a postponement), launched dead last and as he hadn't drifted as far as the others from the line, crossed it first. By then his competitors were trying to kedge where they might, whereas the veteran George knew to get alongside Benn 1 and wait.
From then on, it was a game of who could get to windward of whom, because if you did, your opponent just stopped and went backwards. And nobody could luff or tack which would bring you broadside buying you a ticket to Molesey Lock. The exception was George who found a lane on the Mddx. bank and snuck up to a place he could hope to round the E mark from (a hefty distance by the way). This he achieved after three or four attempts coming alongside the mark. Like a gentleman he declined to save 5 minutes by bumping the mark, and incur a 'pirouette' 360 . Good karma because after he eventually got round E he shot down to H and after a monumental effort made the finishing line. The rest of us had retired by then except Ian and Ben who carried on. Not that they made it, but it was an example of the Nelson Spirit so dear to HSC, to carry on for another 20 minutes in the rain before yielding to the inevitable.
Result? George in Comet 'Merlin' 1st. Everybody else DNF.
In the light of the foregoing you can imagine how welcome the sausage rolls, cheese , quiche etc was. And cakes no doubt. Thanks to Claude and Sue Morley for that.
Thanks go to the Timekeepers Lucy York and Chris Bell. Thanks to Phil McHardy on bar. Finally thanks to Richard Page DO and Philip Dalby ADO .
Sail Chat 22nd October 2023
Four boats went out in conditions something less than torrential, about 2 knots of stream. Ian and Sophie (!) in the Peerless Enterprise , and three from the Handicap class, James Peel and James Bay in Comets and David. The wind was as predicted from the SW but annoyingly intermittent. Thus we had to employ all our thinking skills to negotiate the stream, wind and course to get round. We all did in fact so it was rewarding in the end. David of course led to the first mark and rounded it the wrong way thus falling to third behind Ian and James Peel the latter sailing a stormer in Phoebe. The result put Ian and Sophie in first place, James Peel second, David in third and James Bay fourth.
There were cakes and sandwiches and full IPA box things. Thanks goes to Jo Heath and Anna Jenkins (catering), Ben Peerless (!) bar, motor boat and general heavy lifting, Maureen Dance and Hilary Dodman in the TK box and Course setter Stuart Jenkins assisted by Robert Heath.
Sail Chat 15th October 2023
Overall a sunny day which was relished by the last of the sun seekers. With the wind from the North twitching from NE to NW, it paid to be vigilant, spot the patches of breeze and be patient for the arrival of a puff. If you bore away, your vmg went to pot and; if you luffed to Surrey, you ran into most of the GP fleet including the Bunner's in their new shiny GP. Derek and Sue won that one. Ian and Suzie joined the Handicappers unoffically, won by David in a hard fought battle with Roger's Laser, James Bay and Michaela's Comet. Phil Dalby and Charlie sailed by themselves in the Merlin. This was much applauded by the club (quite rightly) and it continues something of a tradition in their fleet of being crewed by infants. They generally become great sailors in the fullness of time.
The AM handicap was won by Simon Girven and Claude by several laps sailing the short course. Brian's Comet sailing solo came second, David came third, unable to get far enough ahead of the Comet, the second place changing hands several times and James Bay improving all the time.
There were cakes from Lizzie Page etc. DO Trevor. ADO James Peel.
With thanks to David our Sailing Secretary
Merlin Vintage and Open- 7th & 8th October 2023
Hampton Sailing Club Merlin Open Weekend
7th & 8th October
Hampton Sailing Club ran open meetings for the Merlin Rocket class over the weekend of 7th and 8th
October. Sailing was for the Vintage Wing on the Saturday and for the open Thames Series on the
Sunday. All weekend we were blessed with quite extraordinary warm sunshine T-shirt and shorts
weather with light winds.
Saturday kicked off with the 9 boat fleet launching after a short postponement into a light, largely
southwesterly breeze. Two races were held before lunch as the forecast had suggested the wind
would drop later in the day. The first lap of the windward leeward course was led by Phil Dalby and
Livvy Bell sailing Livvy's dad's boat, Grace. As the fleet spread out Rob and Hattie Cage in Hullaballoo
worked their way to the front, and stayed there to win, followed by Phil and Livvy, then Ollie
Houseman and Egle Tumosa.
After a quick turnround, the second race started on the same downriver/upriver course in maybe a
little more wind, though still a bit fitful. For this race, Rob and Hattie led from start to finish. There
was some place changing behind, with Richard Parslow and Simon Girven in Splatter slipping from 3 rd
to finish in 5 th again, with the same boats as before coming in 2 nd and 3 rd .
A cold buffet lunch followed with plenty of rehydration in the warm conditions. For the 3 rd race
there was a little more wind and a little more consistency in the southwesterly direction. Again, Rob
and Hattie led all the way round with Ollie and Egle in 2 nd place. Behind them, Richard and Simon
held 3 rd place for 3 laps before Phil and Livvy slipped through to finish 3 rd . Unsurprisingly the final
results were Rob and Hattie first, Ollie and Egle 2 nd and Phil and Livvy 3 rd . In 4 th overall was Stuart
Jenkins with daughter Imogen sailing Cindy.
My race was spoilt by a quite frightening collision with a rowing 8 which was doing a speed trial
through our reach of the river. We were hit by the rowers going at full tilt, resulting in our boat,
Shenandoah, being skewered by the bow of the 8 crashing through the hull planking and half way
through the centreboard case. Fortunately there were no serious injuries to either me or my
daughter Ellie nor to the young crew of the 8, but it took 2 rescue boats about 30 minutes to
separate the boats.
There was our usual evening social with the curry provided by a local takeaway and kindly organised
by Nicky Page.
On to the Sunday. The forecast was for extremely light winds all morning. This proved to be correct
and therefore racing was postponed to allow the wind to fill in. Hoping for it to happen, a couple
more visitors arrived from neighbouring Tamesis SC. At 12:10 we got afloat for a 12:15 start and as
we launched the wind appeared. It remained however much lighter and more fitful than Saturday,
sometimes enough to fill a spinnaker, sometimes not. Phil and Livvy made the best of the
conditions, finding the fingers of wind running down the river, and led the first race, with Stuart
Jenkins following them round, crewed by Nicola Scadden. There was quite a bit of place changing in
the fleet behind before Ollie and Egle worked their way through to 3 rd .
After a great lunch of meat or veg lasagne, we took to the water in just a little more breeze for race
2 which was led for 4 laps by Simon Girven with Richard Parslow crewing before Phil and Livvy got by
to take the win, with Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts finishing 3 rd . There was quite a game of
snakes and ladders behind with the fleet quite closely bunched and many place changes.
Race 3 followed after a very short break in just a little more wind though still somewhat changeable
in strength and direction. Rob and Hattie came through to win after being well down the fleet on
the first lap. Joe and Sean finished 2 nd after swapping places a couple of times with Phil and Livvy
who came 3 rd . There was excitement at the leeward mark in this race as Richard Page managed a
bizarre capsize. Gybing into the mark he crossed the boat and pulled on the mainsheet to find the
wind had completely disappeared and the boat tumbled over on top of him.
At the prizegiving Richard got a special mention and some goodies from our sponsors, Craftinsure,
who generously supplied prizes for the first 3 places on both days.
So concluded a weekend of warm sunshine in which somewhat against expectations, 3 races were
held on both days with enough wind to get us all round the course and keep us interested!
Sail Chat Saturday 23rd & Sunday 27
After a magnificent supper, on Saturday, in honour of our outgoing Commodore, who sadly could not attend at the last minute due to a family bereavement, Sunday offered a blustery southerly with some big gusts. In the morning there were only four out David Solo, James Bay Comet, Brian Comet and Claude Pico. Interesting course set by race team of Nigel and James, with an upriver mark in sporadic wind and a down river mark at I for a gybe and then a beat to H Middlesex and one tack (if you stood on far enough) to H Surrey. It was particularly gusty opposite the Church. From what I viewed the Comet was giving the Solo a good challenge.
In the afternoon Nigel set us all off together with two Merlins Richard with Philip and John with Hannah, two Enterprises having a very close race with numerous place changes at the tricky windward mark, in them Ian with Ellen and me with Jane. One GP Derek with Sue and in the Handicap fleet was David Solo, James Peel Comet and Brian Comet. The key was hugging the Surrey bank, to attempt a fast fetch across the river and tack back was detrimental as the wind direction dictated going back across the river and below the lay line. Just after the start James Peel was capsized in a violent gust but then showed that Comet's can be recovered quickly, perhaps height helps?
Nice licky tea from Angela and Ellen, Excellent timekeeping by Margaret and Maureen and bar by Philip McHardy.
Sailchat-GP Open Saturday 16th September
After a nice warm day with gentle breezes for our GP Open, where our very own Derek and Mary came second, Sunday dawned unsettled with a strong easterly and only one morning taker James Bay (who else). Officiating were Simon and Claude with a lone Tim Herbert Smith in the Timekeepers Box.
Jane and Hywell arrived for the afternoon race having driven all the way up from the Wedding of the Year in Salcombe. Hywell then relieved Simon as No 1
The strong breeze of the morning brought in a considerable shower of rain which suffocated the wind. Two others joined James in the Handicap fleet in the afternoon David Solo and me with Paul Enterprise. We all rigged in rain which abated somewhat when we were on the water. With a sensible course in the light easterly with a shade of north in it, we started down river and had a tricky run up which suited the Enterprise more than the single handers. It was a short race of four laps with some drizzle, some dead patches at I and then a very useful mark move.
The small but select group, including veteran Jimmy James, then enjoyed Fiona's and Chris's delicious cakes and then we attacked the IPA or some of us did. Jane assisted and generally amused us all.
Sailchat Enterprise Open 10th September 2023
After two or three very hot windless days our open presented a light shifty breeze from an easterly direction. Race Team of Derek May and George Bell wisely postponed until 1130 for the first race. They set a short course in what wind there was, a beat down river, a gybe and then a run up to a windward mark, set up river. It was still very hot 28 to 30 degrees so short races were promised and given. In the hot box Rob Bunner and Alison Hewitt, comforted themselves with personal fans (the sort you cool yourself with). Seven boats raced, six from the home fleet (only two missing) and one very welcome visitor from Lensbury Chris Rowsell and Alastair. The start of the first race was held in sufficient breeze to get the whole fleet round the windward mark. Phili and Sophie had a good start but chose the wrong line and were overtaken, just before the mark, by Chris/Alastair, John/Harry and Ian/Susie, Chris jumped into the lead, this he held for two laps, chased by Phill/Sophie, John/Harry and Ian/Susie. The arbiter of this race was the run up river and choosing the right little flurry of breeze and where it was. After four hot laps but in considerate time, the finish was Phill/Sophie, Chris/Alastair, John/Harry.
It was great to have a visit from Peter Skingley one of our most mature members, he received a warm welcome in personal and climatic ways!
After a catering delight, of a healthy lunch, provided by Chris Bell, Mary May and Emily Bunner. The next race started after a good break. This was a considerable contrast in conditions, the sky had darkened, the wind had turned 180 and freshened considerably. The course was now in reverse but slightly longer upstream. There was a clean start with some out hiking, Phill/Sophie got it right this time and, whilst at times threatened by Chris/Alastair and John/Harry, were not caught. These conditions prevailed for about two laps and then the sky brightened and the breeze dropped. The finish was novel, the Commodore Michaela and team presented us all with ice creams. A great tradition which must be continued!
After a decent rest to re-hydrate the last race was held in the lightest of conditions but still with a gentle and at times faint south westerly. Phill/Sophie refrained, as the helm complained of exhaustion! This race was even more a labyrinth of breeze and placement and Ian/Susie crept out of fourth place to win.
A swimming party was held with Sophie and Ava, who outdid us all by swimming across the river and back, Harry performing off the balcony, Ellen with the 'bigger splash' and Angela and me drifting sedately.
After a home made tea of excellence the prize giving was held by the Commodore, The Sailing Secretary and Phill the Fleet Rep. 3rd was Ian and Susie, 2nd Chris and Alastair, 1st Phill and Sophie. The Thames Valley Youth Trophy was presented to Harry Bunner and the Thames Valley Ladies Trophy was presented to Jane and Ellen. The Sailing Secretary presented a glass to Ellen for her disguise! The Bar did a brisk trade with alcohol expert Graham in charge!
Full list of participants Phill Chambers/Sophie Penwarden 1st. 23218 HSC, Chris Rowsell and Alastair 2nd. 23249 Lensbury SC, Ian and Susie Peerless 3rd 22559 HSC, John Hollands and Harry Bunner 4th 23229 HSC, Jane Chambers and Ellen Cooper 5th 23162 HSC, Richard Cass and Claude Wheeler 6th 22526 HSC, Sarah Rolfe and Hannah Bridger 7th 23160 HSC,
Many thanks to all who participated and helped.
Philip Chambers HSC Enterprise Fleet Rep.,
Sailchat 28 August 2023
West by North breeze blowing with cloud cover which produced some cats paws puffs making sailing interesting. Race team of Richard Cass and Rob Bunner produced a windward leeward course with an interesting diversion off Bell Hill. The best breeze being down river for most of the racing but in the afternoon it backed a bit and produced a few surprises!
In the morning just David Solo, whose leak had now transferred from the bailers to the flaps, hence a short postponement handled expertly by Hillary and Ava in the box, he is after all the HSS. Also taking part was Brian back from the old gaffers, in his Comet, Claude in the Pico and me with Hannah. Really nice race with the Surrey bank generally favoured up river. Harry was also out practicing in his Laser. This was followed by the Youth race with Elize Topper and Harry Laser.
In the afternoon a sudden invasion of sailors! Good showing of the Merlins with Hywell/Nicola, John Heath and youthful neighbour, Andrew/Claude and Richard with daughter Elizabeth.
In the Enterprises there was Ian/Susie, sailing away with poetic roll tacks, Jane/Emily and lone Peter (Alans Son) in Dame Blanche.
The Handicap was swollen by Nigel and David in Solo's, James and Sue (multi crew in every class) Comet, Brian Comet and Roger Laser.
The GP's were also out in force with Derek/Mary (looking very pastel), Trevor/Kevin, John/Ali and George with Chris. I was on the balcony with Jimmy and thought the sailing was very well mannered, but of course was not near the marks.
Tea was by Selena and Susie, with the most divine Victoria Sandwich (named after that robust Queen who probably eat too many of them) and Flapjacks by Ian. Bar was by occasional Alan.
Encouraging to see Sammy and Charlie out on a Topper with rather large crew!
Ian made some announcements about the Commodore's Dinner, The Magpie Race and the Dinner and Dance. Dates see programme or ask Alison.
Just a reminder ULEZ will be in force from 28.8. 23 today.
See you next week Sunday 3rd September.
Sailchat 20th August 2023
Wisely just one race on this day with a lovely warm south west by west breeze blowing at about 12 to 14 mph. The Race team of Richard Parsloe and John Hollands set a sensible course to suit the conditions and were prepared to change it with the conditions at the leeward (gybe) mark off or near Garrick's Temple. The windward mark was in the cut at B and made the sailing there quite technical, the north bank favouring, with a helpful streak of wind- a great course and very enjoyable windward leeward race.
It was a points race but as there are trophies for LDR it was treated as a pursuit contest. The Topper Pinky Seaweed, sailed by Elize and Cousin, set off first followed by the Handicap fleet of David Solo, James and Fiona Comet, Roger Laser and the lone GP with George and Chris. Next off, two Enterprises Chris and Ra and me with Hannah. Last to go was the strongest fleet of Merlins, John Bell and Deirdre, Stuart with Nicola, John Heath and Colin and Hywell with Paul.
True to his international sailing reputation Richard planned the race meticulously, on the race board and on the water,timed to the second for the finish at 1600. Very close racing in all classes and well done Elize and Cus for representing the youth, Old Man River won thanks to his impeccable crew.
Excellent and most prompt timekeeping by Susan and Dorothy, with lots to work out. Also congratulations to Susan for the shiniest returned trophy I have seen at HSC for some time, won last year by Keefie and herself.
A delicious BBQ was served by Ian and Susie to 40 people thanks to the endeavours of our Social Secretary.
The tantalising mystery of the missing shorts last week (Shortsgate) was solved, apparently the fact that the respective owners both wear white shorts (how retro) was the culprit. It was noticed however that one label was of a more distinctive brand than the other! So those members of the club involved with this kind of marketing are not working in a vacuum!
Great work by the few that cleared up, washed up, stocked up and locked up. Not everybody does!
Finally - thanks to George and team who have secured the passage to the the Gents from the weather and hopefully from our unwanted and destructive visitors.
See you next week. Phill
Sail Chat 13th August.2023
Breezy with plenty of shifting cloud cover provided us with a 15 mph SSW wind. Veteran members from Lymington Sue and Steve presided and James Bay was assistant race officer. Fiona and Nicola were timekeeping. Just three out AM, David Solo, James Comet and me with Jane Enterprise. It was quite a challenging wind with some interesting puffs. The course was different (of course Steve Harridge !) with a sort of double beat up river in the windiest bits and a gybe just off Bell Hill. Anyway we all stayed upright until the end of the hour race, except for David who managed a splash just off the pontoon coming in.
In the afternoon there were two Merlins racing, Richard and Philip and John Bell with Paul. The wind was still constant with some black bits on the river. In the Enterprises were Chris and Ra (breezy! Chris attends), Ian and Susie and Sarah with Hannah in Dame Blanch again. I wimped out as a big gust came through whilst I was rigging. Very close race between Ian and Chris with Chris capsizing on a beat but recovering quickly with nimble crew and then spending about four laps to catch Ian and Susie. The finish was a close run thing on the last beat to the line with Chris winning by a half a boat length. Sarah and Hannah provided the entertainment as Sarah evacuated the boat on the run to go swimming leaving Hannah in charge. This she did with some degree of dexterity, proved by the fact the boat stayed upright and not helped by roared instructions. There was considerable laughter from the water and the boat. The safety boat was always on hand. The scene, apart from the evacuation, was filmed by Mark, its worth a viewing.
Only James Peel with Claude and Graham in Comets for the Handicap. James gliding round and Graham, who rarely sails doing a great job staying upright to finish sans shorts! David decided to give it a miss due to wet gear and only one change. Very close race by the two GP's John and Sue and Derek with Susan, with place changes and canny tactics. The graceful Mary being still unwell.
Wonderful cakes and Sandwiches from Sue and Ian (multi tasking). Rather quiet bar for Shaun but on hand early.
The Commodore then reminded us of next weeks Long Distance Race (LDR) it is a class points race with the usual pm start times 1430 etc. The morning handicap will still be held at 1200. There is a BBQ after the LDR. Please inform Alison Hollands if you want to indulge? We also sang or croaked happy birthday to Michaela I think??
Finally our sailors abroad Brian, Amelia and Colin are all safely arrived in port.
Sail Chat 23rd July 2023
Sparkling and frisky conditions welcomed us with 9 to 15 mph south westerly, with the occasional gust of more. Hywell and Tim Harms were officiating, Millie and Jane (Freshers) were time keeping, along with Gryf! As one comes to expect Hywell placed the windward mark in an unconventional area in the Middlesex channel off Thorneycrofts Island. Only two takers James Bay, Comet and David Solo. Thrilling downwind runs were seen by the watchers. The Hon Sailing Secretary requested a mark move due to rounding space at mark mentioned above and this was complied with. He led the whole race, carefully wearing round the gybe mark until the last turning, then he went for it! Ruefully to splash in and allow James to recover, a whole leg and just win. In the afternoon class racing there was a good showing from the Merlin class, fresh from windy endeavours in Salcombe. Richard with Philip, John Heath with Nicola, John Bell with Sue and Andrew with Hannah. Richard shot away at the start, showing the mettle of a Salcombe fleet winner, never to be headed. Just one Enterprise again, this time with Chris and Ra, revelling in the strong breeze. Plenty of Handicappers, James Bay, James Peel with Claude and Ian all in Comets along with David who stayed upright for the whole race to win. Tight race in the GP class with Derek and George, John with Paul and Kevin with Maddie, held up rather by ingress! Tea by Jane and Susie with cakes also from Ian and Chris Bell. Bar by Mack in gay shirt. Many visitors for HSC Tea Shop causing shortages. More next week. Phill
Sail Chat 15th July 2023
Roaring mighty winds most of the week and this Sunday no exception with 25 mph gusts from the south west. All resulting from a typhoon from Brazil, according to my foreign correspondent. Seasoned race team of Stuart Jenkins and the Hon Sailing Secretary, ripe as ever with advice. Having viewed the wounds of the gladiators from Salcombe there was much trepidation and little activity near sailing boats. Domestic tasks within and without the club became a priority.
But! We were shamed by family McCardy/Bay. Nonchalantly, James went out in his Comet morning and afternoon as our lone rider of the storm. In the morning with one sail and in the afternoon with two and Paul as crew. Elise did the the youth race with a drastically reefed 'Pinky Seaweed' Topper, remaining upright throughout and completing the race to win. Well done Elise.
Time keeping was by a bruised Nicola and tea was by Michaela and Brian, once again the succulent rock cakes, with flap jacks and victoria sponge from Brian, he is so edible (I mean eligible!). Bar by John.
Congratulations to Richard Page and his daughter Elizabeth for coming first in the Silver Fleet and to the others who braved the turbulence of the Salcombe Estuary.
Many thanks to Derek who has put up a hook and eye to hold the front door open, making the 'Dog' chewed wedge redundant and finally, Gentlemen be aware that a vital part of our facilities are temporarily out of action and a bucket may be required!
More gentle breezes next week please.
Sail Chat 9th July 2023
Another sprightly day wind wise for us at HSC, with a south westerly 9 to 12 mph, generally favouring a port tack up river.
Richard Cass and Paul of the Tug officiated, providing a fine track and well placed marks, and Sue with Claude were keeping time. Really very steady breeze for Hampton and a delight to sail in with a consistent tacking up wind and pole out, run down for a steady gybe at high I. Sadly only two takers David Solo and me with Jane Enterprise. The Solo executed some interesting, skiff like, tacks down wind, perhaps he aspires?
In the afternoon a flurry of activity as Chris and Ra joined us, lowering the average age considerably, Derek and Mary, keeping it consistent, James and James, Roger, David and Jane median and moi (no comment!)
Anyway, spirited battle between the two Enterprises commenced the sailing, as no Merlins,(all away in West Ken On Sea!)
The breeze had now backed a tad so whilst it was still frisky there was now some reaching down wind. So we had an exciting close race. Mary and Derek, elegantly represented the GP fleet and both James engaged in Comets, David Solo and Roger Laser (yes a Laser out!) competed with many place changes but the Laser had it by 3 seconds. What a remarkably fine PY we have at HSC. Good to see veteran yachtsman, rower and once Merlin sailor Tim at the club.NEXTGEN GALLERY
After that Commodores super rock buns and Jane's lemon drizzle for tea.
See you next week. Phill