Summer 2008

Contents 28Jul08

Chichester YC Visit

Committee Meetings

Commodore's Writes

Dinghy Show Feedback

Greek Night

Indoor Olympics

Just another Sailing Day

Mid Thames Trophy

News of Members


Open Weekend

Regatta and Greek eve

Remembrance of Bob

Renovation Update

Sailing Secretary

SigneTs at Grafham


Social Calendar

South in a Westerly

Start of Sailing Season

Swings Through Trees

Twilight Cruise

Working Party


SigneT Open at Grafham Water - 12 July

I travelled up to this meeting with Keith and Madeline Hatton and Roy Melsom. We used Keith's dinghy ST858 and, in addition to sailing in the open, planned to use this event as a work up for the Nationals being held in less than a month's time.

We stopped off on the way for Roy to pick up his boat (ST761) at Little Paxton, where it had been undergoing some repairs. By the time we got to Grafham, rigged and went to the briefing we only just had time to get changed and out to the line.

The course was trapezoidal (I've leave you to figure that out). You had to go through the starting gate each lap and there were fast and slow handicap fleets starting five minutes apart but racing on the same course. The wind was NE force 3, sunny to overcast but no rain. The water temperature actually felt warm. The sailing was fast, furious and one hell of a ride.


Apart from competing in the Beds & Cambs Regatta, sailing under the Cambs flag, no. don't ask how come; the four SigneT's were also contesting their second 'open' of the year (a sort of race within a race).

The slow fleet was made up of 23 boats. There were three races throughout the day and at the end Keith and I were 14th and Richard Cannon and his crew Rob Britton were 15th. From a SigneT point of view the first race finished with Richard and Rob 3rd and Keith and I 4th, not a good start!

After lunch things got better with some fast and close racing, especially between ST386, ST858, and Tom Field &  Roy Melsom in ST761. ST858 won the second race with ST368 second. ST368 won the 3rd race with ST858 2nd.

So, at the end and after discard Richard and Keith were tied on points but, unfortunately for us, under RYA racing rules the last race result counts to break such a tie. That was won by Richard so he came first, with ST858 a very close 2nd.

It was a great days racing in perfect conditions and a good work up for the SigneT class nationals being held at Chichester YC in three weeks time.

If you ever get the opportunity to sail at Grafham Water you should grab it with both hands. It's a superb venue (a la Bewl Water) with absolutely no wind obstructions. It makes you wonder why we bother to sail on the river at all.

Mike (temporarily The Saint) Baker