When I came over Tumbledown Dick on Saturday and saw the reflections of the trees on the Farmoor side of the reservoir, the prospects for the day didn’t look good. When Ian asked whether there was going to be any racing and was it was worth getting his boat out, it didn’t seem a bad call. OOD, Mike Trueman, immediately responded you’re all here, we’re definitely racing. By the start of Race 1, the wind had filled in beautifully and continued to build during the day. One of the biggest fleets in recent years certainly seemed to enjoy the conditions.
It was a landmark day as the casual fleet was won by Steve Gould helming a Fusion for its first victory in a club event. He was closely followed by Andy, Kirsten and son Alex in a Vision. Andy had to back off in the afternoon as Alex fell asleep in the boat for Races 3 and 4. I bet he wouldn’t have done that if he’d have been in Andy’s moth!!
A very competitive pairing of Ben and Adrian, in a Bahia, were slightly miffed at third place as they’d had a stay malfunction during Race 2. However, Ben was very pleased to beat his dad, Rob, in a Solo, into fourth. Jess Blake had mentioned borrowing my boat, a Vareo, for a go at some stage. I wasn’t aware it was for the whole event. Finishing fifth was, in fact, a better result than I’d ever achieved in Novice racing, and even worse for me watching, the weather was perfect for the spinnaker.
The Novice fleet was headed by the recently married Richard and Emma in
their 2000, but unfortunately had to be towed back to the beach after damaging their pintle against the bank on the countdown to Race 5. Thomas Addison, of the Pirates fleet, had a fantastic day finishing second, followed by Amy and Adam, regular attendees of pay and play.
There were a few new members from Level 2 who took a boat out for a solo cruise. You are all very welcome to join in, but if you don’t fancy racing come across and, perhaps, do a couple of laps. Lots of other boats on the water certainly helps boat control and heightens concentration.
During the course of the day most of the competitors had a go in an Aero provided for the demo day. Iain took it to the extreme and competed in two races.
It was fantastic to see so many other members just taking to the water for a cruise, especially the Goyder family in their Wayfarer called Avocet, and they even managed to do a couple of laps of the course. The Commodore, Adrian and his daughter, took a huge catamaran through our start line, needless to say say we all stood to attention, saluted and whistled him across the line.
Many thanks to the OOD and team for running the event, and to Martin for assisting Chris in the powerboat.
The results are now on the website here: http://www.oxfordsailing.club/novice-casual-2019. I must apologise to Ian and Marilyn Bowler for not only spelling her name wrong, also their boat type.
The next event is on 6th July, I look forward to seeing you then.