Sailing Secretary Report -
Easter was early this year so the sailing season
started with the Easter Egg Trophy on the 27 March. We were
fortunate there was no current although the NE wind was
rather light for the afternoon race; we managed to fit in
four short races. Although there were only 5 boats out racing
was very close; there were 3 ties in the Boat Handicap
results and 4 in the Personal Handicap results.
The big event of the year was hosting the Mid
Thames interclub event on 30 April for the first time. It was
a very fine day but the wind was rather light and patchy
especially in the afternoon. If we had had much more wind it
would have been very difficult to have a single start with
the 19 boat entry. There was a slight current and this gave a
big advantage to the faster boats like the Merlin and
Enterprise of Hampton SC which managed 2 laps before many
boats had done one lap. Hampton SC won and Aquarius were 2nd.
Apart from the light wind it was a highly successful event.
The open days on 15-16 May were hot and fine
although a rather light wind; there was enough wind to give
quite a large number of visitors a reasonable sail. We gained
a few new members.
The Regatta on 18-19 June had very fine days
but the wind was very variable and fluky; much better for the
Jazz/BBQ evening than for sailing. Unusually all the boats
had a lady helm for the Ladies/Novice race.
The Hampton SC Regatta on 25-26 June had
perfect weather with a 5 to 10 knt wind straight up the reach
giving excellent sailing. Richard Cannon won the Handicap
Class and Charles Dennis was 2nd Laser.
From July on there have been a lot of poor
sailing days with light and very fluky winds. The visit to
Bewl on 29 August was an exception where there were about
perfect sailing conditions; hot and sunny with an 8 to 12
knot wind. Very different from the Late Spring Bank Holiday
visit when it was cold, wet and no wind.
There were Signet open meetings at Paxton
Lakes, Grafham Water, Fishers Green and Ferry Meadows, and
the Signet Nationals at Ullswater. Richard Cannon, Mike
Baker, Keith Hatton, Michael Stevens and Robert Briton
supported these events with excellent results. All the
meetings other than Paxton , the first one, had excellent
Richard won the first 6 races for the Signet
Senior Points Trophy so let Michael helm his Signet ST368 for
the last two Open meetings. Robert Britton crewed for Michael
in the last meeting at Ferry Meadows. Michael did
excellently to win two races and come 2nd in the 3rd race,
which Mike Baker won with Keith Hatton as crew. Michael would
have won the Novice Points Trophy but winning Ferry Meadows
made him ineligible. Richard won the Signet Nationals, with
Robert Britton crewing.
The Aquarius Spring and Summer series have been
completed; Charles Dennis won the the Spring series on Boat
Handicap and Graham Thompson won on Personal Handicap. Graham
Thompson won the Summer series both on Boat and Personal