Sailing at Clapham on the 16th november

November 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

A very dull and miserable day weather-wise with a fine drizzle much of the time. We had a good attendance (6) although most did not turn up untill gone 11am. In view of the weather there was some reluctance to get started but we eventually got on the water at about 12noon. We should have been sailing the 6M,s but as not all those present had a 6M to sail we chose to sail the Soling,s again as by using the Club boat we could all sail. Results were surprising. Alan, who I hope will forgive me if I say he is not one of the most experienced skippers in the Club, won anumber of races against stiff opposition. It is true that Jim and Ted both had problems, Jim with a gear failure, which he was later able to fix, and Ted with a battery problem, even so Alan put up a great performance. We sailed in miserable conditions of light drizzle and a growing absence of wind, but we sailed continuously and got in five races before increasing drizzle drove us in for an early lunch. We did try again later but it was still wet, and with very little wind we gave up after one race.

The results were as follows, but with Jim and Ted not racing in the second and third races because of their problems. Race 1. Jim, Alan, Derek; Race 2. Alan, Derek, John S; Race 3. Alan, Derek, John S; Race 4. Alan, Jim, Ted. Race 5. Alan, Jim, Ted; Race 6. Jim, Alan, Ted; Well done to Alan. One fact seemed to emerge from the day,s racing. The trimming of the boat has a tremendous effect on it,s performance. Three boats in the race were built by the same builder and were, as far as possible, identical. One of those boats, the Club boat sailed by Alan, was so much faster and easier to control than the other two and so must come down to the way the boat was trimmed. It is also interesting to note that this same boat was the one borrowed by the second placed skipper in the Soling nationals sailed in July. I for one will be taking a close look at this boat to see how it has been trimmed that makes it so different. In spite of the rotten weather we all had a great day,s racing.

There are no more official racing days before the AGM on the 30th November when I hope to see you all there. We have heard that Jack is not too well and will not be attending the AGM, but I will get in touch with him before that date to ask if he intends to renew his membership for 2009. The Club without Jack will not seem the same.

Remember to let me know before the AGM if you cannot attend, and if that is the case whether you intend to renew membership for 2009. Remember also that if you have queries or suggestions on the fiture of the Club, the AGM is the time and place to to make them known under the “any other business” part of the proceedings. I expect to see you all there. Derek.

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