Sailing at Clapham on the 16th May.

May 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

A great day,s sailing for the 6M,s. Although dull at first, with a few spots of rain, the day improved and with a brisk wind we had some fine sailing. With eight skippers and seven boats the pond was getting to look crowded, we also managed to get in far more races than usual.
Jim V turned up with a 1M but had battery trouble and had to withdraw, but was able to get in a couple of 6M races using Derek,s boat. Hugh was unlucky in that both his boats had problems, one of them having a bad leak which he will have to fix. Grant used Derek,s other boat. John T used his older design HELENE which is proving quite competitive, coming in a winner a couple of times, but the boat to beat was Jim R,s SEISMIC, although is it the boat or the skipper? see comment later.
Results were as follows. Races 1-7 taking place before lunch and races 8-11 after lunch when the fleet was much reduced.
Race 1. Derek, Grant, Alan
Race 2. Jim R, Grant, John T
Race 3. Jim R, Derek, Alan
Race 4. Jim R, Derek, Grant
Race 5. Jim R, Jim V, Grant
Race 6. Jim V sailing Dereks boat, Derek sailing Jim R,s boat,
Race 7. Jim R, Grant, John S
Race 8. John T, Jim R, Grant
Race 9. Derek, Grant, John T
Race 10. John T, Derek, Grant
race 11. Grant, Derek, John T
Race 6 was interesting as Jim V was sailing Derek,s boat and Derek was sailing Jim R,s boat ( no record of who was third in that race unfortunately). It does seem that the skipper is the deciding factor in winning races. In Jim,s hands his boat was a winner, in Derek,s hands it was not so good. I was hoping we could get to see a race between Jim R sailing his boat against Jim V sailing Derek,s boat, but unfortunately Jim V had to leave early. The result of such a race would have been interesting.
A great day,s racing, with more than the usual number of races and a good variety of winners. The next scheduled race day is the 6th june for 1M,s.
NOTE. The following Sunday, the 13th June , is a Vintage Club meeting at the pond
That is all for now. Derek.

At Clapham on the 2nd May/Douglas Dunn.

May 3, 2010 at 9:46 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

The weather was very bad, with heavy rain and a driving wind. No-one had turned up by 10.45 and I was about to leave, then Hugh turned up and a little while later John T and Ted. The weather was too wet for sailing and I decided that I would take the opportunity to go and see Duggie at the care home. He was fine , as far as one can be in his condition. He seemed pleased to see me. As far as I could tell he has had no other visitors since Alan and I saw him late last year. I regret I did not stay very ling, conversation is very difficult as he cannot speak apart from the odd word, but by questions and him nodding or shaking his head I was able to get some information. He has not been married, and has no brothers or sisters, which explains his lack of visitors. I took him in a small bag of goodies and as I left he was delving into them.
I had been able to tell him we had sold one of his boats and asked if he needed any money. He said “no”. I asked if he needed anything and again he shook his head, but this is not the true story. Speaking to the care worker before I left she told me he had no money for such things as toiletries and sweets. His financial affairs have not yet been sorted out by the Social Services, which is of some concern as he has been in the home for over a year now. I did leave some money with the care worker so that she could buy Duggie what he needs and I shall now try to contact the Social Services to ask why there is this delay in sorting out finances. This may take some time I fear. It is sad to see Duggie in this situation. Nothing else to report so I shall hope to see you all on the 16th May for 6M saling. Derek.

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