As the hardy non football fans turned up for this Saturday's Novice/ casual racing, they might have been regretting their decision as Farmoor was looking particularly glassy. As 10.30 approached there was a slight ripple and the decision was made, as we were all there, to meet at Skippy just in case the wind filled in. And boy did it fill in, I've never seen such a change in weather over a short period of time and we were treated to marvellous day's racing.
he Novice fleet was awash with the ever competitive Toppers, Emma, Arlo, Felix and Ben having there own personal battle whilst mixing it with the rest of the fleet. New member Alex, in his first racing event performed admirably despite nursing the excesses of the night before. Jane Houchin, in the ever huge and unmanoeuvrable Challenger, certainly seemed to enjoy her first race of the year. Many thanks must go to Geoff Worrell who was helping on the beach, and in particular helped rig and launch Jane's boat.
Commiserations must go to Richard and Emma who bent a pintle at the start of the afternoon session, bringing their days racing to a halt, which was a shame as the'd been have a particularly good tussle with the other 2000, crewed by Harvey and Tony Jackson.
Jess Blake wasn't having it all her own way in the Casual fleet. In the second morning race she was pipped into second place by the ever improving Roger Crisp. And to make things worse, tempted by the ever strengthening wind, her nemesis, Robert Simmons, turned up in his Solo. Also on the water was Mike Trueman in his Aero, apparently checking out the line for his next novice briefing session!!
New member Dan, is Brazilian by birth and looked very fetching in his home countries football top, the previous nights disappointment was soon forgotten as the wind picked up. There were also some really good performances by John Sykes in the Lightning and Kevin Adams in his Laser. Ginny and Ian Ross in the Wayfarer had their best performance yet, probably helped by making the first start!!
Many thanks OOD Matthew Hall and his crew, most of whom compete in this series, and no David and Tess you can't have average points.!! They also managed to get the racing completed by the England kick off. I'm not sure everyone enjoyed my prize giving during the game.
July's Results are here.
As you can see there are all manner of boats, and with the inclusion of Mike Trueman, it is open to anyone; he did come back buzzing with idea's of how to help. It would be nice to see a few more more experienced members pop along to mentor the up and coming racers.
Hopefully I'll see you all on August 4th