Sail Chat: 25.04.2021

Thames Ranelagh results are at the bottom of this blog.
As your regular correspondent was representing HSC at Minima Yacht Club Enterprise Open Meeting, it falls to the sub to keep you informed about yesterday’s events on home waters.
It was a sparkling day with a briskish easterly wind.  Yours truly was Race Officer ably assisted by Peter of the Island.  Super Sophie and Sue did a grand job as timekeepers despite the fact that the clock seemed to have a mind of its own.
The morning handicap had 3 entrants – Sailing Sec going Solo, the Rear Commodore providing entertainment on Ben’s Laser and the Bunner family sailing regally round and staying upright to take line honours.  The Bay family decided that a kayak was a better bet than a Topper or a GP but will be back under sail soon I hope.
Lunchtime saw a welcome arrival of additional participants.  Extra buoys had to be laid to accommodate all in the conditions so the course was I (Middlesex Or Surrey) to E or F.  8 laps was the plan but shortened courses were required to avoid exhaustion and hyperthermia.  The GP fleet was made up of Keith/Susan and Kevin/Maddy in Upsy Daisy.  The Merlin fleet were also playing away representing HSC at Ranelagh so John/Livvy (1st place – well done!), Stuart/Immy, John Heath/Nicola and Andrew/Ellie were missed.  Back at Hampton, Hywel took to the water with the mighty and fearless Evan.  Phil and James were also there eventually but, due to a technical hitch and a misunderstanding about start times actually went for a shake down cruise rather than racing.  They confused the race team but showed off a wonderful new spinnaker (I’m told it’s Pokémon) and were cheered on by Sammy, Charlie and Delilah from the Surrey bank.
The Handicap fleet was comprised of Ben Lasering, George in his Comet and Nigel/Dave in Solos.  A very close race but, sadly, Ben was forced to retire due to mechanical failure.  The Wayfarer remained in the dinghy park while the crew enjoyed lunch and revelled in the success of their morning race.
Fun and games in the Enterprise fleet – despite only one entrant, the aptly nicknamed flying Dutchwoman persuaded Ian to crew.  He sensibly kept his already soggy wetsuit on and was left in sole charge of the upturned Dame Blanche as Ellen catapulted herself as far away as possible during an unexpected gybe on a stonking run.
Socially distanced refreshments in the sun were provided by Alan, Peter, Ian, Deirdre and Ellen and a very good time was had by all.
Next Saturday is the Round the Island Race.  I am sure that further information will follow.  Hope to see you for Sunday sailing as usual.
Jane pp Phill

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