6M sailing at Clapham on the 18th March.

March 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Bright sunny day at Clapham first thing but some cloud later in the afternoon, but no rain.
A fairly low turnout on what turned out to be a good day,s sailing. The breeze varied from light to brisk in gusts. Racing started late as usual, but once under way continued without a break untill we finished about 1.30. Results were as follows-,
Race 1. Hugh, Derek, Grant
Race 2. John Hugh, Derek
Race 3. Derek, Hugh, John
Race 4. Hugh, Grant, Derek
Race 5. Hugh, Derek, grant
Race 6. Grant Hugh. Derek
Race 7. Hugh, John, Grant
Race 8. Derek, Hugh, Grant
Race 9. Derek, Hugh, Grant
As can be seen we got a good number of races in and everyone had at least one win. Results would have been a little different had it not been for an underwater obstruction at the first mark. On the first lap boats rounded the mark and headed for the wing mark on the other side of the pond without a problem, but on the finishing “sausage”, after rounding the mark boats turned back on themselves to run to the finish and could find themselves stuck on the obstruction and see the rest of the fleet catch up and pass them. I know it happened to Hugh and I when we had got a good lead and it may have caught others, but that is one of the hazzards of sailing on the Long Pond.
John did well, sailing a boat he had not sailed before and which he had to repair and rig before he could get on the water.
We had the pleasure of seeing Alan at the pond. He say,s his sailing days are over as his eyesight has deteriorated. I think he is thinking of selling his boats so there could be two or three available if anyone is interested.
All in all it was a good day,s sailing if a little short on numbers. Derek.

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