Vintage Group day at Clapham on the 22nd August.

August 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

As mentioned in the last “blog” the Vintage Group were to have sailed at Poole on Sunday but due to a weed problem at that venue we were asked if we could host the event at Clapham, this we were pleased to do. Happily there were no buses on diversion parked in Rookery Road and so no parking problems.
The day was overcast with light winds. About 6/8 Vintage members turned up, amoung them was Dave Bell, a former CMYC member who moved closer to home to sail at the Rick Pond. It was good to see him again and his very nicely restored vane marblehead.
The meeting was scheduled to be for vane racing of Marbleheads or any other type of vane boat so I took along my own, only just completed, 36 inch for a tryout. The meeting started leisurely but eventualy two Marbleheads took to the water to be followed by Jim and his 36 vane boat and Ted and I with my new 36 on its maiden voyage. There really is a fascination in vane racing, although it is something of a “black art” in the setting up, but to see one,s boat setting off from the bank and proceeding more or less down the length of the lake on its own is very satisfying. We do have a small fleet of 36,s in the Club and it would great to see them on the water again. I know that Jim is keen as is Ted. Alan has recently rigged one and now I have joined the fleet. Hugh has expressed an interest although he does not have a boat yet. We do have scheduled races for the 6M,s and 1M,s on the first and third Sundays in the month to which we have recently added the SOLING,s on the second. What about adding vane sailing on the fourth Sunday? Let me know your views.
The day day turned out to be very entertaining with 8 of our own members joining the Vintage Group members, those not sailing vane boats were sailing a variety of other classes. It was all great fun.
The Vintage Group enjoyed the day and expressed their thanks for hosting their meeting at such short notice.
For your diary make a note that the next Vintage Group meeting at Clapham is on the 24th October. Perhaps we get get our own vane boats out again and join them. Derek.

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