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Sail Chat 7th July

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The AM began with a lively (and occasionally very lively) wind from the SW, a direction which hardly varied all day. David and Brian set an E to I course with an F mark in case Elise wanted a shorter course. She did not, so F was withdrawn. James Bay and Elise were the only contestants so James won the AM handicap, and Elise came second and first Junior. Elise deserves a special mention for her sang froid with respect to the conditions and at one point managed to sort out her uprising Topper rudder, and one or two capsizes but nothing serious.

There was at least one downpour between races and a thunder clap over lunch.

By this time Elise passed on the second race but fortunately George Bell arrived and that meant there was a Comet race between George and James, there being no other sailors at the club from any other class. This race drew close inspection from the two grounded DOs , Comet sailors both. It was touch and go in the first thirty minutes with James in the lead but George tacked and gybed his way to the front after that. Also by this time Margaret McArthur had made an appearance so with Sarah helping out with timekeeping in the morning and Margaret chumming with Hillary Dodman in the afternoon, the TK box was an oasis of calm and efficiency.

My special thanks go to Sarah who brought more food than the assembly would consume and John Rolfe who made one of the beer box contraptions work. It was the one on the left. Also thank you Brian for reminding me twice that the Blue Peter goes up second not first. Well, it's a while since I did flags and anyway all you see are halyards to begin with. Thanks also to Nicola Scadden who helped with putting the club to rights ready for next week.

David Gettings

The attached photo is how Summer 2024 is supposed to look!

Last updated 9:57am on 14 July 2024

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