Richard, Rodger and Bryan had sailed at the regatta on Saturday and Bryan had towed
the 2 dinghies back to the club in the evening with the Aquarius patrol boat.
On Sunday morning bright and early Roger set off in his Bosun and Bryan towed his
Graduate while Richard and I sailed Richard’s Signet downstream to Hampton, conditions
then were very varied.
After tying up at Hampton we had free coffee and biscuits and waited for our start.
There were separate starts, at 10 minute intervals, for four classes The 3 Aquarius
boats were in the handicap class which was the third start.
We got off to a reasonable start and very soon there were boats capsizing all over
the course and the sailing was fun! Richard and I managed a 5th place. Bryan retired
as lack of buoyancy in his Graduate made him fear the worst. Roger had a very young
Hampton novice for crew in this race.
After a rest and very nice lunch we were back on the river for the start of the second
race, Richard got a great start and timed it perfectly as we were first across the
line, conditions were very blustery making the race very hard work; we had a very
good race and managed a first place.
After a short break for tea and biscuits we were back on the water for the last race
of the day. Conditions were just as hectic and after some harrowing moments we finished
in third place. Bryan crewed for Roger in the Bosun and ended up with some water
in the bottom of the dinghy and a fifth place; Bryan had wet feet!
After a splendid tea of sandwiches and cake it was time for the prize giving and
thanks to Richard we were third overall in the handicap class and first visitor for
which we received engraved glass tankards. Roger and Bryan were fifth overall.
As we departed with the club patrol boat towing the 3 Aquarius boats the Hampton
contingent gave us a good cheer and waved us off. A great days sailing!