THE
MAINSHEET
Spring 2000


Commodores Bit
Committee
News of Members
Big Thanks
Pay Up Time
Sailing Secretary Report
Prizes for 1999
Boatswain Report
Kempton Park Fireworks
Catapult Weekend
Racing Rules Change
The Meaning of Life
Theatre Visit
Aquarius Stakes
How to Sell a Yacht
Flower Bed Volunteer
Old Carpet Wanted
Brian Clements Capsized
Nine up on Laser
Alice in Wonderland
Working Party
Sailboat 2000
Start of Season Party
AQSC Home Page

AQUARIUS STAKES
26th January 2000 - George Bray
The Sport of Kings came to Sunnyside on a cold and blustery January night.
The racecourse was in immaculate condition, the water jump unfrozen and the Clerk of the Course was resplendent in his AQSC cap having borrowed the fluffy dice from the back of his Escort for the evening. The Tote ( 50p a go ) was in the capable hands of Ian, Majorie and Andrea and the food by Madeline, Linda and Diane was well up to Silver Ring standards.
The nags were in the starting stalls and ready for the off.
At this point, the proceedings departed slightly from Jockey Club rules. There were attempts to nobble the runners and confuse the umpire. We had dope tests, late substitutions of horses, changes of the rules in mid race and course hazards quite unknown at Ascot or Aintree.
In one race the horses raced backwards whilst in another 4 out of 6 competitors were in the water at the same time ( typical of Aquarius? ).
Despite the mayhem, Honest Ian serviced the punters well with generous odds - the winners gathering at the bar to celebrate and the losers to commiserate - the food was great and in all it was a smashing evening.
Me?, Iíve caught the racing bug - Iím off to Sandown to get my shirt back!