This Saturday saw a fantastic turnout for the August Novice/ Casual Racing event. The weather was fantastic with light winds in the morning, but for anyone having the patience to stay for the afternoon, two fantastic races in breezy conditions. Admittedly the traditional one lap finale was a bit of a damp squib.
What was so good this month was the massive attendance in the Novice fleet, with lots of new members dipping their toe into the racing a...rena. Also the age span was quite impressive, from somebody not quite two, to someone in their tenth decade.
The day started with a briefing about starting and line bias, I chipped in with its also good to be on starboard. Chris burrows duly set a starboard biased line, the starting whistle was blown and the wind had shifted to port. Andys Kerr and Jarvis with Alex in the Vision executed a perfect pin end port flyer. I’m sure sometime later in the day Mike Trueman stopped going on about my starboard comment!!
The novice fleet was dominated by Rob Shepherd; Pirate Barney Turner had a fantastic day with a very strong second place, even managing to win Race 3 ahead of Rob. Amy Davis after her two race wins last month, managed another with a very consistent set of results. Adam Martin, a new member, in the very popular Fusion certainly didn’t disgrace himself in fourth, neither did Alice McCullum in her first go in a Laser.
We did have a couple of mishaps. Adam Potterton, into his second year, lives and breathes sailing; in fact I’m not convinced he doesn’t live at the club. He had that sinking feeling something was wrong when he found that someone had nicked his bung, it really scuppered the day he had so being looking forward to. Shane straight from level two also had a problem with a worn out rudder downhaul on a club laser and had to rush back for a Fusion.
The Casual fleet was a battle of wills between Ellie Gaddes and partner, Andy Kerr, in a Byte and Vision respectively. Unfortunately due to an input error in sailwave by myself I awarded first prize to Ellie, however after some key tapping by Kirsten, Andy had in fact won in the boat also known as Alex’s crèche. Third place was taken by the always improving and consistent Roger Crisp. In Fourth place was the Goyder family, Joe, Tabitha and Beatrice in their Wayfarer, Avocet, which truly looked awesome with the spinnaker flying.
I’d like to thank all the race crew Chris and James Bennet in rescue, Kirsten, Adrien and John in Skippy, especially as we used a full set of race buoys. Also Mike and Richard Hall, for their sage advice on the water, although it was difficult to help in such light shifty airs. Kirsten has also posted some pictures of the day on Facebook.
Next month we’ve two race days, on September 7th and 28th. If you've never been before, or like the sound of it, pop along; taking part and boat hire is all free.
I hope to see you on the water soon.
Noivice Fleet Captain