With the cancellation of the Colemere meeting because of the foot and mouth restrictions, Paxton became the first SigneT Open of 2001. Paxton is located off the A1 near St.Neotís. Itís basically a landscaped gravel pit with a couple of islands in the middle.
Saturdayís sailing was for the Wyboston SC (now defunct) Les Shephard Memorial Trophy. Three races with two to count. Two AQSC SigneTís competed ST368 (June) and ST369 (Over Easy) alongside six others from Paxton SC and elsewhere. The conditions were very gusty resulting in a five of the boats capsizing during the day. These conditions suited Keith Hatton and I and we managed 1st place. On Saturday night Paxton SC laid on a barbecue which went down a treat. It was also Madelines Hattonís birthday which was celebrated in traditional style with loads of falling down water ! We slept overnight in the Paxton clubhouse.
Sundayís sailing was in conjunction with Paxton SCís regular racing although we had our own start. The conditions had eased quite a bit and this suited Richard Cannon and Robert Kelly (i.e. a lighter crew) and they duly took 1st place for the Towey Nail. One interesting thing Ö. Having won the first two races Richard didnít need to compete the third so Robert helmed with Richard crewing and advising. Robert duly won. No small achievement given some of the opposition. Well done Robert ! So there we go Ö. A one, two for AQSC SigneTís.