Sailing at Clapham on the 11th March.

March 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Posted in News | 1 Comment

Fine day weatherwise, sun but not much wind. It had been proposed as a Soling day but was also a Vintage Club meet so we did not do any racing as such but enjoyed watching a variety of boats on the water.
One welcome visitor was a Vintage Club member who had brought along a 10R yacht last seen on the pond around 1938. It was a boat named “Molly”, owned and skippered by Norman Hatfield, a Clapham member. If you look on the CMYC web site under “About us” you will find photo,s of the boat and Norman taken in 1938. “Molly” is wearing the number 655. I had a chat with the owner who told me he had found the boat in a junk shop in Belgium and had spent the last couple of years restoring it. It looked beautifull on the water and is still wearing the same name and number. It is a Braine steered boat, built around 1936/7 and we had the pleasure of seeing it sailing on the pond.
Another welcome sight on the pond was the “Winston S Churchill”. This is a sailing model of the training ship built after the war and still in use I believe. The model was built by Clapham member Jack Sanday and is a huge four masted schooner, well over four feet long, weighing 40/50 pounds and requiring a crew of two to get it into the water. It is sailed under radio control and is an impressive sight on the water. We saw it catch a couple of gusts and it was VERY fast, I doubt whether any 1M or 6M could have stayed with it. A great sight on the water and a tribute to Jack,s building skills. It is now owned by his friend and fellow Club member, Phil.
The Solings continue to be great fun and show that tactics and tuning, or more likely, tuning and tactics, play a great part in whether a skipper comes first or last in the fleet.
John D,s Arian Brewer designed 6M is coming on well and should be on the water in a month or two,s time and I hear that another 6M to the same design is planned to be built. At this rate we shall have as many 6M,s in the Club as we do 1M,s and Solings. To see a fleet of 7/8 sixes sailing in comp[etion will be a stirring sight.
It turned out a great day at the pond with quite a crowd at the pondside and the sight of some great boats on the water.
Next meeting is on the 18th March for 6M,s and I hope to see you all there. Derek.

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