Well what a damp squib the last Saturday of the Novice/ Casual season turned out to be. On the way to the club I drove down Tumbledown Dick expecting to see the worst, but I couldn’t see anything the reservoir was covered with a huge blanket of dense fog. When I arrived at Farmoor it was impossible to see the water even from the clubhouse. As the morning progressed the fog lifted to reveal a completely ripple free lake and an air balloon. The prospects of racing were minimal and the forecast for the day was terrible.
Fortunately I think most people had seen the forecast and didn’t bother and after discussion with those that had turned up we called the day off at 11.30. You can probably guess what happened at 12.00; yes a nice breeze filled in. Poor Rob and Izzy turned up for the afternoon racing and we were all going home.
This season, as you may have sensed from my reports if you hadn’t attended, was particularly fun with some excellent racing with everyone, as is the purpose of N/C, improving race by race.
This year the top five were all very close on points and we were robbed of the grandstand finish that we were expecting. Tess and David, eventually held on, but I’m sure Dan could possibly have beaten them on discards. Jess came in a fine third place, with Kevin winning the hardest fought battle of the series pipping Roger on the line. An honourable mention must go to team Jackson who, after a tentative start in their new 2000, have gone from strength to strength and will be certainly challenging for the top spot next year.
The Novices have been dominated by Richard and Emma, again in a new 2000. Most of the rest of the novices dropped in to for a race or two to get a feel for the idea of racing, but that is what we’re here for, and hopefully we’ll see you all again next year.
I must take this opportunity to thank all the race and safety crews who have done a fantastic job over the season. Particularly Mike Trueman and Kirsten for being a brilliant OOD’s and your really informative briefings, although a little more advice to the other competitors as you lap them next year Mike!! Also to the ever present PRO Chris Burrows, with his always calm and assured presence, although I am going to insist on orange buoys next season!!
I still haven’t worked out how to publish the results so they’ll be sent to Adrian, who hopefully will pop them on the website in the near future.
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As I mentioned earlier it’s been a fantastic season, and if you’ve enjoyed it, get some warm kit and join in the main fleets, we sail all year. We will start all over again on Saturday 4th May 2019
I hope to see you on the water soon.