Sailing Secretary Report -
first race of the season in March was in much better conditions than we
expected from the weather forecast but then all of April was terrible
except for the Mid-Thames Trophy event at Littleton. Although 6
Aquarius boats went only 4 sailed due to the strong wind and AQSC only
managed 4th place.
Fortunately the Open Days at the start of May were
better than forecast although there was little wind; the patrol boat
and sailing cruisers with outboards were very useful for taking
visitors out. The Open Days were very successful with 28 groups and 67
visitors; the most we have had this century and even more than we had
to the Big Blue event in 1999. Five families soon joined and and
another five joined later in the year; an excellent result.
The Regatta on 17-18 June had very hot fine days but
the wind was very light, variable and shifty; much better for the
Jazz/BBQ evening than for sailing. There was good support for the
regatta and we had 5 novices, including 3 ladies, in the novice/ladies
race; just as well there wasn't a strong wind.
Four Aquarius boats entered the Hampton SC Regatta Handicap fleet
on 24-25 June; it also had very light or no wind except for the last
race which was quite a good sail. Richard Cannon won the last race to
get 5th overall and Charles Dennis was 4th overall.
onwards there were generally good sailing conditions. Five Aquarius
boats and 15 members went to Bewl on 28 August where there was
Late in the season several new families joined and
we have had excellent support for racing, training and cruising.
The forecast for Wednesday 25 October was very wet, windy and cold but
3 families and others arrived; Richard Cannon expected to be showing
videos and teaching knots to 16 members. Although wet and cold the
steady 7 knt East wind was ideal for training and 4 boats were out.
Five children practiced capsizing the Pico and Topper and had a great