Bad news, worse news … The bad news was we couldn’t camp on the Bewl Water site. The worse news was that ‘Over Easy’ and ‘The Saint’ got to stay at the George & Dragon in Lamberhurst. I don’t wish to get sued for slander but I strongly advise you to give this establishment a very wide berth.
Bewl Water itself was as beautiful as ever. Blue water surrounded by lush green countryside, it has to be one of the most picturesque sailing venues in the country. As for the sailing …
I wasn’t around on Saturday but Sundays programme consisted of two longish races with our boats entered in the slow handicap fleet. ended up crewing for Keith in ST858. The conditions were good, if somewhat gusty.
Sunday evening was spent in the Brown Trout although I believe some others in the AQSC party headed for The Elephant’s Head.
Mondays programme used the new starting system with one minute between the last start completion and the commencement of our start. That minute caught a lot of people out and resulted in false starts one minute early which in turn resulted in a number of recalls.
Some of the crews made what has become a traditional stop on the way home from Bewl, at ‘The Grasshopper’ outside Westerham on the A25. An excellent end to a great Bank Holiday’s sailing. Stopping also has the advantage of letting all the traffic clear.