6 Metre sailing at Clapham on the 21st July.

July 22, 2013 at 10:31 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

My apologies for not being at the pond to join in the sailing. I understand the weather was cloudy at first with light winds. The sun did break through about 1pm and, if it was anything like it was at home, became very hot.
There were not all that many members there but in spite of the light winds a goodly number of races were run with nearly everyone having a win at least once as can be seen from the results, which are as follows-;
Race 1. Jim, John, Fred
Race 2. Leslie, Jim, John
Race 3. John, Leslie, Jim
Race 4. John, Hugh, Fred
Race 5. Leslie, Fred, Jim
Race 6. Jim, John, Fred
Race 7. John, Fred, Jim
Race 8. Fred, John
Race 9. Jim, John
Race 10. John, Leslie, Hugh

When I spoke to the features writer from “The Village” magazine a couple of weeks ago she said she would try to get a photographer to the pond to illustrate the article. I subsequently spoke to the Editor of the magazine to arrange a visit, which I understand did take place on Sunday. From what I gather “The Village” magazine is a local magazine which publishes articles of interest to local residents and businesses around Clapham. The photographer took shots of the first three races and showed much interest in our efforts. We were told the Club would receive a copy of the magazine when the article is published.
In recent correspondence with the Council we have been told that money has been found to make repairs and improvements to the pond and it,s surroundings in an attempt to prevent leakage. This work has now been started and the eastern end of the pond has been dug up as part of those repairs and for this reason the course on Sunday had the start line moved to the west of the Clubhouse, perhaps that shorter course had some bearing on the number of races run.
It is great to see that the Council are taking steps to improve the pond and it,s surroundings. How far those improvements will go only time will tell, but anything will be a help.
I much regret my absence from the pond, but age is taking it,s toll and my appearances at the pond will become less I fear. Derek.

1 Metre sailing at Clapham on the 7th July.

July 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

I had expected a good turnout, bearing in mind that on this Sunday The Friends of Clapham Common were having a Fete on the Common and had asked us to put on a show for the visitors, in the event there were very few of us there due to commitments of one sort or another for many members. Five of us brave souls turned up, with Hugh putting in a brief appearance to give words of encouragement and to leave a supply of paper on which to enter results. Leslie stepped into the breach to keep score and record while Grant acted as starter, the starter box having run out of battery power.
The day was hot and sunny with a reasonable wind which fell light at times but got more reliable as the day wore on.
We managed to get eight races in, although I dropped out after three due to getting involved with a feature writer from a local magazine who wanted to do an article on the Club. She stayed at the pond for some time and spoke to practically every member at some point or other. She has asked if a photographer could come at some time to take pictures to illustrate the article. If any member does see such a chap perhaps they could ask what the name of the magazine is so we can get a copy to see what sort of job she made of it.
The results as follows-;
Race 1. Grant, Leslie, Odd
Race 2. Odd, John, Grant
Race 3. Leslie, Odd, John
Race 4. Odd, John, Leslie
Race 5. Leslie, Grant, Odd
Race 6. Leslie, Grant, Odd
Race 7. Leslie, Odd, Grant
Race 8. Leslie, Odd, Grant
The fact that I did not participate after race three made absolutely no difference to the final results (as it had not in the first three!)
We packed up early, perhaps due to the heat, but a pleasant day nevertheless. With thanks to Leslie and Grant for their efforts.
As I was leaving the pond I was accosted by a pretty girl who said her mother was one of the organisers of the Fete and had asked her to come and thank us for putting on a show. So our efforts were not wasted after all. Derek.

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