Sail Chat: 25.01.2021

Overcast skies and a light northerly for us. Derek and Peter OTI, so very well run, in charge and Merry Mary along with apprentice John Dunman in the box. E to I, all the same in a northerly, we will call E the windward mark though. Simon and Claude in the Merlin, Paul driving Jane in her Enterprise, James in a Comet and me with Elise in my Enterprise. The Surrey bank was favoured but there were fisherfolk. Simon towed something for a while and slowed, when the E mark was drawn up, at the end of the day it contained a fishing rod and much line, could this have been the culprit? It was a day for very light crew and Elise is that alright, she is also a quiet but very good crew. By far the best conditions of the day and that is stretching it. The Commodore and Ellen were busy taking prospective new members out for a trial.
The afternoon brought many more including Ian, Susie and Ben with a beautiful new boat, in fact the original with the usual top class finish by Paintcraft. It also brought a good collection of Merlin sailors, some of whom had suffered delays on the A3. Most unwelcome was the arrival of the edge of a storm and a considerable downpour which continued for the rest of the day.
The Merlins had a good showing with Hywell and Paul, the Dutch sailing polymath, John Bell with Susie, Simon and Claude and John Heath with Nicola. 
No GP’s out just Keith making up his mind. The yellow submarine was taken out by Tom who had a nice damp float around. Fierce Competition in the Handicap fleet as George and David did battle and Nigel Soloed. 
Two soggy Enterprises out Ellen with Jane and me with George ( prospective new member) but a hero if he still likes sailing after that soaking.
Jolly sumptuous tea to follow, home made by Ian and Ben and the Pop Up Bar.  
See you next week Phill

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