Sail Chat: 23.04.2023

Another calm, windless day with a bit of wet fret at first. The river ran robustly and the red duster flickered occasionally. John Hollands and Nicola, hopefully, set a short course and a few desolate sailors murmured pessimistically. However inspired by the Commodore and Sailing Secretary three boats made attempts for the windward mark, Michaela and Brian, Comet, David, Solo and me with Jane Enterprise. After 40 minutes in spite of a helpful moving of the mark, we all gradually drifted back past the start line and the end of the race. Our Timekeepers of Mary and Alison therefore had plenty of time to chat.
In the afternoon, wisely, the race team decided to wait until 1500 for all to start if the wind filled in. It just about did but it was an apology. More sailors now, three Comets, George, James and Brian/Michaela, one Solo with David, one Merlin Andrew and Ellie and two Enterprises me and Jane and Ian sailing alone. At the start, most could not get up to the line. Andrew came  down current, to spin and sail away but was foiled by catching the outer distance mark to some amusement from his crew. The tiny breeze was from the SSW so the beat, fetch, took a good 20 minutes to the windward mark for those that made it. Back to the H gybe mark took about 4 minutes. Only one lap thankfully so a short race for some a long one for others. Not a great day for sailing but a good show of boats given the conditions.
We all then retired to a lavish tea by Livvy and Suzie and the Bar by John Rolfe. 

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