6Metre sailing at Clapham on the 17th August.

August 18, 2008 at 4:10 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

We started later than usual as we spent some time talking to a prospective member who had seen our web site and decided to come along and see what it was all about. When we did start it was on a day of brisk winds, ideal for the 6 metres. The usual faithful four turned up and racing got under way about 12noon. The racing was close and exciting, the sixes making a brave sight, lying over, but still ( more or less ) under control. It did mean that skippers had to be careful when rounding the buoys in close company as masts and booms could get entangled, and at a distance over the other side of the pond it became difficult to judge how close the boats were. We started with our usual fleet racing and of the five races we got in before lunch the results were, Race 1. Jim, Ted, Alan. Race 2. Jim, Derek, Alan. Race 3. Derek,Ted, Jim. Race 4. Derek, Ted, Alan. Race 5. Ted, Derek, No other boats finished in that last race. You can see that racing was pretty even with everone having some success. We then broke for lunch when we had a chance to talk to another prospective member and discuss what type of boat he might choose and the alternatives available. He ( John ) seems keen to join us. Good news, as he is a regular at the pond on most Sundays. It was a bit late when we got out on the pond again after lunch and some of the skippers had decided to pack up for the day so Ted and Derek had a very enjoyable series of Match races. This type of racing is always closely fought but it does have a disadvantage in that if your opponent gets away from you it is very difficult to get back. With fleet racing there are several boats that you might overtake, but with match racing if you make a wrong decision on tactics, make a tack at the wrong time or your opponent makes a right pigs ear of it , thats it. You lose. Between Ted and Derek the results were close, with Ted having the edge. A good days racing in ideal conditions for the 6Metres.

As I sit here writing these notes I have been reflecting on the ethos of the Club as it is at present. We are a racing club and our individual aim is to win the race if we can, but not at any price. The abilities of members are varied and I believe that some allowance has to be made for those variations. While it is upsetting if a skippers race is ruined by an incident, we are not racing in  National or interclub races and I believe we can be more tolerant of mistakes in our Club races, especially as our pool of regular skippers so small. When talking to prospective members I always make a point of highlighting this aspect of our Club racing. Long may it continue………….   The Chairman.


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