Sail Chat: 25.09.2022

With the light flooky winds from the south for the Enterprise Open, to much about the same, but from the north, for the GP open it was perhaps inevitable there would be light northerlies for this day, as Autumn encroaches and fingers twitch on the central heating on button it was bound to be chilly. Jane and Nicola were race officers and Claude with Susan were in the box.
 
Only three takers for the morning handicap Brian Comet, David Solo and Richard with me Enterprise. Very tight racing ensued around an interesting little course of low E up, to H Surrey  then H Middlesex, down. All of the three led narrowly at one time or other and this continued to a bunch finish with Brian gliding through to take the line by a canvas and thrash us on handicap too. I must congratulate my helm for his controlled and subtle muscular efforts!
 
With the promise of a BBQ, always a magnet at HSC, we had quite a few more takers in the afternoon. The breeze had now veered somewhat, giving more of a beat up and run, reach down and the course was altered accordingly with the cross river leg removed. First off the Enterprises with Ian and Emily and me with Paul match racing with some interesting port / starboard manoeuvres off the Surrey bank, testing rule 19. Next the GP’s were out with George with Sue, John and Ali, Derek with Mary and Peter O.T.I. out cruising with son Elvin and his friend Josh. In the Merlin class was Rob with Jo and Andrew and Hannah, Hannah has tried all three of our class racing boats now in one month, must be a record?  In the Handicap class the Sailing Secretary thought a Comet was the way to go, James was out in his too, as was dynamic Brian going through a hot phase! The Hon Sailing Sec. was somewhat lachrymose with his choice and the conditions and retired. 
 
Also enjoying the peace of a tea time bimble was Angela in a Comet. No tea but a delicious BBQ by Keith and Ian which was a steal for £5. Well done both you should be on ‘Bake Off’ ! Finally a get well soon for John and Sarah both with the dreaded and John still recovering from a heart condition. Also the Commodore down with the lurgy.
 
Next week looks interesting for the blustery types.
Phill

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