20th January, a non sailing day at Clapham

January 21, 2008 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Blogroll, News, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

On a day when more members than usual turned up at the pond it was a great pity that although the weather was very mild, the wind was very strong. It was meant to be a 6M day but when Derek ventured out on the water the boat was very hard pressed, and after the sails had flogged so much that a patch was torn out of the mainsail leech he gave up and struggled back to the Clubhouse with it. A later atempt by John and Derek at sailing the SOLING fared a little better but racing would have been difficult. In these difficult conditions there were two highlights. Ted had brought along a new toy which was a radio controlled surf board, complete with a voluptous blond on board, which treated the choppy conditions as its natural habitat and was truly quite astonishing to watch. The fact that there was no sail allowed it to cope with the strong wind as if it did not exist. The other highlight was Jim Vice,s bottle boat which sailed well, if a little on the edge at times. The fact that it only had a scrap of a storm rig hoisted helped it to cope with the strong wind, and to see the boat running down wind was spectacular, the boat planing for some distance at times. Apart from the hardy souls mentioned no other skippers ventured out on the pond. To take advantage of the wind Jim R  and Ted did have a go later at kite flying instead. Because of the conditions Graham left early, looking very dissapointed, and Allan followed soon after. The rest of us talked in the Clubhouse which, while quite enjoyable, was not the same as having some exciting racing. It does seem that we can cope with any sort of weather on the pond except high winds. If we all had storm suits we might have managed, but no one has except Jim V with his bottle boat. The meeting broke up fairly early, at least one member going home after having ordered new sail material from the Club Chandler. Let us hope for better conditions on the first Sunday in February. See you then. Derek.

Sailing on Sunday6th January 2008.

January 7, 2008 at 12:42 pm | Posted in Blogroll, News, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The first Club sailing day of 2008, and what a great day it was, sunny and a nice breeze. Our new member, John, was there sailing his new SOLING that had been built for him by one of the Club members. It sailed well and he seemed pleased with it. It was meant to be a 1M day but Derek had not brought one as his car had been full of SOLING,S so he set up the Club COMIK in order that he could compete. The COMIK is still a great design, although now some 20 years old, and held its own well against the other more modern designs being sailed. There were five of us sailing, although John sailing his SOLING was a little outclassed in the company of the 1M,s, and the sailing was quite close, the COMIK being up there with the leaders, and in the lead at times. The wind was a little fickle and the COMIK appeared to like a strong breeze. Hugh left early and Jim retired with a tired battery so we finished the day with a series of match races between Derek and Ted, Derek sailing the COMIK and Ted sailing the ex-Chris Dicks own boat, one of his last designs while COMIK was very much an earlier one, being designed especially for the Club in I think the 1980,s. Of the series of three races Ted won two, one of them by a small margin, and Derek the other one. It was great to see the two designs by Chris Dicks, each separated by a period of nearly 20 years, at some points of sailing being neck and neck, although the later narrower beamed boat being I think better overall.  Any Club member who needs a 1M to sail should take the opportunity to sail the Club COMIK, he will have a good and competitive sail. Derek was so impressed he is going to try and buy back his own COMIK from its current owner. A great days sailing , and if the rest of the year is as enjoyable we are in for a great time.

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