Sail Chat- Boxing day RNLI Pennant race.
Sandwiched between two storms Boxing Day 'enjoyed' a very light, west south west. rustle of a breeze but an interesting hazy sky and sun, see pic. Plenty of cheer though with five optimistic boats venturing out into the still moderate stream. George and James Bay in their Comets, the ever philosophical sailing secretary in his Solo, John with Hannah in his GP and me with Jane in the Enterprise. At the start there was just enough breeze for George to get away followed by the Enterprise, the GP was over so had difficulty in recovering. The Solo and other Comet tacked to and fro below the line. Both leaders got within nibbling distance of the straining mark but then went backwards, the Enterprise scattered with larch droppings having hit a tree. The race team anxiously and helpfully moved the mark ever closer to the boats but the increasing stream prevailed. It was not to be, an abandoned RNLI Pennant race seemed a fair result under the circumstances. We all returned to a very welcome hot punch. Just so good to be out on the water again.
Excellent, nearly all family team, of Ian, Susie (catering) Sophie (timekeeping) and Ben (patrol boat) with Stuart deputising for sister Sarah (John unwell). Very tasty bring your own buffet supervised by Susie and Chris assisted by more punch and tasty IPA. Along with a good turn out of young, older and not so older members see pic.
So to quote Paul - 'It's a wrap'! Sadly until March that is so but there are of course very vital working parties these keep the club afloat, save us large amounts of money, reduced subs and bring us together during this off season period.
Happy New Year Phill
Last updated 10:31am on 28 December 2023