Sunday’s OOD was Nigel Knowles, AOD Stuart Schafer and patrol boat Bryan Clements.
There wasn’t much wind and by the afternoon there was practically none. The day
started with Regatta Trophy Race 3 and was followed by a lunch of the remaining pork
The Commodore’s Novelty Event which involved the collecting the greatest number of
coloured balls which were released onto the river by the patrol boat; it didn’t matter
that there was no wind because any form of propulsion was allowed.
Next was the Ladies and Novices Races where each novice was followed by a mentor,
Keith Hatton mentored from a canoe; there was much ‘cheating’ in the form of paddling
and being pushed by the canoe but the two trophy winners obeyed the rules.
The afternoon ended with ‘Fun & Games’ which usually involves a couple of Lasers
and everybody involved getting very wet; his year was no exception. During the day
some fourteen boats participated in the sailing which made Richard a very happy bunny.
The sailing was followed by a very civilised and quintessentially English strawberry
cream tea. The strawberries hand picked by Joan and George that very morning. Actually
I think they eat far more while picking than they are prepared to admit. The club’s
ladies also provided an amazing array of sandwiches and cakes which, as there was
very little left, obviously went down a storm. There were over 50 people at the club.
Richard then presented the trophies. John Panting won the Regatta cup. Rebecca Gittoes
won the Ladies Trophy and Trudi Hilton won the Novice Trophy. Well done to them.
All in all not a bad weekend. The sailing conditions on Sunday were not the best,
but then you can’t have everything.
Trying to thank everybody who helped over the weekend is fraught with danger because
you are always going to forget someone.
Needless to say a lot of people worked bloody hard to make it the success it undoubtedly
was. From setting up, to preparing food, to washing up, to handling the racing, to
manning the bar, to clearing up afterwards an army of folks gave of their time and
energy for which all I can say is a very big THANK YOU! It was much appreciated and
absolutely made the weekend. Aquarius SC is what it is because of members like you
and long may it stay so.