6M sailing at Clapham on the 15th May.

May 16, 2011 at 10:51 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

A boisterous sailing day. A strong gusty wind which at its worst was almost too much for the boats, but the intervals in between the gusts gave some spirited sailing. We had seven boats on the water which at times gave very crowded situations rounding the buoys, especially the wing mark on the far side of the lake where distance and visibility made it difficult and led to boats getting tangled with each other. The aim was to to be the first boat to get to the mark and it was then literally plain sailing, but for the next 3, 4 or 5 boats to arrive it was sometimes a bit of a mixup, however, in spite of a few contacts no damage was reported although at times the language was colourfull to say the least! We got a fair number of races in before lunch, not as many as we could have done but we started late, as usual.
Results as follows.
Race 1. Hugh, Leslie, John
Race 2. Leslie, Hugh, Ted
Race 3. Hugh, Leslie, Jim
Race 4. Hugh, Derek, John
Race 5. Leslie, Derek, Jim
Race 6. Hugh, Leslie, Jim
Race 7. Hugh, Leslie, Ted
The meeting started to break up about 2pm. I left early to see Alan at his home and found him surprisingly well. He is able to talk well, if a little hesitantly at times, and can walk slowly. It was great to see him recovering so well after his (2nd) stroke. He hopes to get to the pond at the next scheduled meeting on the 5th June. I understand that a member will pick him up from his home and take him back.
It was great to hear that both Jim and Grant have been to see him on more than one occasion. I think he was greatfull for the interest and support that Club members have shown.
A good day all round. The next scheduled meeting is on the 5th June, followed on the 12th June by a VIntage Club meeting. Hope to see you all there. Derek.

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