6M sailing at clapham on the 15th August/Vintage Group.

August 16, 2010 at 11:07 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

A varied “blog” this week with several items of interest.
Firstly the racing on Sunday. Six of us turned up to race the 6M,s in what started out as a dull day but what developed mid mornimg into quite a pleasant day with some sunshine. The wind was brisk at times but with lulls in between, which proved frustrating at times when the boat that was leading comforably became becalmed and was overtaken by the fleet before the wind picked up again. This happened in several races during the day and caused gloom to the overtaken and cheers and laughter to the overtakers. Good fun all round.
Although there were six of us, Ted had arrived late and had forgotten his batteries or something and so only five boats were on the water. Ted did take over Derek,s boat halfway through the meeting when Derek got involved in Club matters, so everyone had a race and the results were varied as can be seen from the following.
Race 1. Derek, Jim, John t
Race 2. John t, Derek, Grant
Race 3. Jim, Derek, John
Race 4. Derek, Jim John
Race 5. John, Jim, Derek
Race 6. Grant, Jim, Ted
Race 7. Ted, John, Jim
race 8. John, Gtant, Ted
We have had a stroke of luck in that I was able to meet the new Common Supervisor, Victor Chen-Kit. We had a long chat and he proved to be a very helpfull chap. One of the things he said he would put in hand was the repair of the cracks in the pond wall.
After the meeting I went to see Douglas Dunn, a one time member of the Club who suffered a stroke and is now in a care home quite near to to our pond. He was in bed in his room and looked a bit thinner than when I last saw him a few months ago. It is very difficult to converse with him as he cannot speak, or rather he cannot string his words together and get them out. I took him a few goddies and we had a few laughs together so he does seem in reasonable spirits, but communication is very difficult. If any other member would like to visit him I am sure he would appreciate it. There is no need to stay very long, I was only there about 15/20 minutes as it is so difficult to find things to say and it is a bit of a one sided conversation.
I had a phone call from the Vintage Club during the week saying that their meeting on Sunday the 22nd August had been cancelled due to weed on the pond where they were due to sail, and could we host their meeting at Clapham on that day. I said we would be pleased to have them at our pond as the date did not clash with our scheduled dates. They hope to sail vane Marbleheads and other vintage yachts so it will be a good opportunity for us to get our own vane boats out for an airing, so come along and support them.
There may be a problem with parking in Rookery Road if the buses are parked there, but our new friend Victor has come to our rescue and said he will allow us to park alongside the basketball court next to the Clubhouse. Acces will be through the iron gates a few yards past the “poled” entrance gate. Hopefully Victor may be there to help us organise things.
If the weather is reasonable it should be a good day with a varied collection of boats on show. I hope to see you there. Derek.

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