activity day of the extended season. Fairly steady SW 1-2 wind but the
2 knot current made it barely possible to make way upstream. 3 boats
were towed up to the channel marker. Racing would have been poor but it
was a successful training day. The last weekend there was sailing; by
the 26Nov there was almost too much current even for the patrol boat.
steady W 1-2 wind gave a good sail for the first 2 races even though
there was a bit of current.The wind dropped and the current increased
for the last race and it was difficult to make way upstream. The
temperature was more normal but spray suits were unneccesary and Rodger
Wheeler was even wearing shorts. It was excellent to have 10 boats out
for the last sheduled race day. The season is being extended as the
weather is being so good.
day started with no wind but by the time we started sailing there was a
steady West force 1 to 2 wind and it was warm and fine. There was an
excellent days sailing with a large number of recent family members and
children cruising and racing.
hot fine day but very little East variable wind and 1knt of current.
Lucky that the predominent direction was East. There were 13 boats
afloat and a lot of recent family members sailing, ending with capsize
wet day but not the 20knt wind forecast, 1 knt of current. Up to mid
afternoon the 6 knt East wind was steady and ideal for Richard Cannon
to train Mandy Grace and Rose Downes instead of racing. For the last
race the wind increased, moved round to the south and was very gusty
and fluky; training would have been impossible.
sailing in a warm E 3 gust 4 wind; although it was quite gusty and
shifty. Good support by recent members with 13 boats on the water and
||Good sailing with a southerly wind. Backing and vering. Many capsizes by recent young members.
||A wet and very windy start of the day. Thunder and heavy rain for the first afternoon race. Brightened up for the last race.
||SW 1-2 wind was very shifty and fluky.
very warm fine day. At Peterborough there was a pleasant 4-7 kt wind
for the Signet Open but at Aquarius it was bit of a struggle with a 0-4
knt WSW wind and there was a bit of current making it more difficult.
very hot day with no wind at first but by the time we started racing
there was a 4 knt SE wind; although it was very shifty and patchy with
big differences in lap times.
with W to SW 3-4 am and 4-5 pm, West in last race. Nigel Knowles
capsized and tore his Laser's sail on a cruiser. Richard Cannon, with
crew Robert Britton, and Mike Baker with Helm Roy Melsom, sailed in a
Signet Open Meeting at Littleton SC. The SW 3-4 wind was very shifty
and gusty; it increased to 4-5 gust 6 in the afternoon. The signet from
Littleton SC was the only one that didn't capsize. Robert has crewed
for Richard for many years and it is the first time they have capsized.
15 mph wind was forecast for Bewl but with a very wet morning.
Fortunately it was dry for the 5 AQSC boats and 15 members went that
went to the Bewl Autumn Regatta Pursuit races, except for a heavy hail
storm during the morning race. It was very shifty, gusty and variable
for Bewl but the sailing was great. A 29 MPH gust was recorded.
2-3, very steady for the river,the down wind legs the course had 5 gybe
marks zig zagging across the river which suited the conditions pefectly
and it was the best sail for a long time.
5 to 10 knt west wind was steady by river standards and gave a good
sail. There was a heavy shower during the 1st afternoon race and
drizzle during the 2nd one. Also there was less wind for the 2nd
wind started as 5 knots from the north but it was quite steady and
there was quite a good sail but there were some heavy showers, By the
end of the afternoon it had gone round to the west. Both the afternoon
races were shortened due to ligtning getting rather close.
AQSC sailors at the Signet Nationals at Brightlingsea, off the
Blackwater in Essex, had super sailing all week. Generally fine with a
force 2-4 wind and a maximum of force 5. At AQSC the morning was a very
light NW wind which increased for the first afternoon race.
SW 2-3 gave the best sail of the season so far. Fairly steady for the
morning race but by the last race it had become very fluky, shifty and
gusty making it hard work.
||SW 0-1 changinge to W by end of day. Very fluky and shifty from all directions at times.
hot day but a NE5-10 knt wind gave a good sail. Apart from the boats
racing a Laser, Pico and Bosun were in use for training new members
including a sail up to the Magpie at Sunbury.
Signet Open meeting, within the Beds and Cambs Regatta, had brilliant
weather; very hot with generally SE 12 knts but quite patchy and shifty
with up to 20knts gusts. Richard Cannon was first Signet.
very windy day; Mike Baker capsized 90 seconds into the first race. The
WSW wind, force 2 to 3 gust 4-5, was very fluky with unpredictable
gusts. The launching ramp was I rather solid object for Catherine and
Sarah to ram with their Bosun which now has a hole in it's bow. Gus
Coletta capsized and broke the mast of his Skipper.
day that started with zero wind but fortunately a very light E to SE
wind developed (3kts); very patchy but not fluky. By the afternoon we
even had gusts of about 7knts. Extremely hot day.
day of the Hampton regatta had a very light and variable wind for the
first 2 races but in the opposite direction to Saturday; East force
0-1. For the last race there was a 5 to 10 mph wind which gave a very
S 0 was forcast for Hampton SC regatta.Fortunately there was some wind
basically between S & W although very light and variable in the
morning.The afternoon sail was a bit better. There were 4 Aquarius
2nd regatta day on Sunday was a repeat of the Saturday. There was good
support especially from our recent new members from the open day; there
were 5 novices helm including 3 ladies.
hot and fine; brilliant for the Jazz/BBQ evening. But the very light
patchy, variable and shifty wind gave frustrating sailing in the
of the day basically west wind was very light and variable; 0-1 from
all directions. But for the 2pm race the wind was stronger and steadier
giving quite a good sail.
fine day with a west 1 to 2 that was quite shifty. We were very busy
with a couple of families; one a new membership and one a prospective
member. There were 10 boats out.
day with non stop rain. Basically S wind but very shifty and patchy
with some current. Force 0 to 2 for the first 2 races and a very gusty
0 to 4 for the last race.
||Patchy East 1 to 2 for the first two races and South West 1 for the last race.
as well it was an Open Day and not racing as there was no wind; Laurie
Bridges' cruiser with outboard moter and the Patrol boat were often
used to take visitors out, and up to 6 dinghies were drifting around.
The forecast rain held off until the boats had been put away. There
were 18 groups with 45 people; the total for both days was 28 groups
totaling 67 people, a record.
day, at first very little wind but later in the morning there was good
sailing in 1-2 W wind until the rain started early afternoon. 11 groups
with about 21 people visited.
||Wet to start with very little wind but the rain stopped. Only fun sailing and only Lucy Godwin sailed.
Trophy at Littleton SC. Expecting very little wind but reasonble sail.
The first race had the best wind, 2-3. Very shifty for Littleton. Very
large entry of 48. AQSC 4 out of 5 with 4 boats competing although 6
day. Some current, about zero wind and wet. Only Charles Dennis put a
boat, his Laser, on the water but went backwards more than forward. All
last it was warmer for the Easter Egg Trophy races and although there
was a 1knt current the West force 1 to 2 gave the 8 boats a reasonble
sail. There were 4 short races with the afternoon 3 being run back to
back. Richard Cannon and Graham Thompson tied on boat handicap and
Richard won on Personal Handicap.
little variable N wind and 1 knot current made it impossible for some
boats to make headway in the first 2 races. It all changed for the last
race with an approaching squal giving a force 2 gust 4 very gusty wind
from all directions and the race finished in heavy rain.
weather was as bad as forcast with very strong gusty SW wind (force 3
to 6), heavy showers and squals, and a 3knt current. Only Graham
Thompson sailed and he had a double reef in the main sail of his Boson
and had a crew.
the weather forcast it seemed as if the first sailing of the new season
would be horrible; very wet with a 12 knot S wind. Fortunately the fine
drizzle held off until the last race and there was a good West 2-3 for
the first race changing to S 3-4 for the afternoon; better than a S
wind usual is. Charles Dennis wondered why we were starting at 1:00; he
had forgotten the hour change and the race was delayed for the 10
minutes he said he needed to rig.