This years Regatta has, we think, attracted a record entry. Over 190 signed up for weekend, probably due to the good weather forecast. Not all are sailing, there were however 90 boats taking part in the various competitions. All are there to enjoy Notts County’s hospitality.
We are joined by the 13 Graduates holding their national championships.
Friday saw a bring your own BBQ, and one of our youngest sailors celebrating his birthday with what looks like a water game (ie everyone got wet!).
On Saturday registration opened early. Fleets and timetables were sorted out and it was time for racing. The Commodore’s Cup was first off with a break for lunch then the Class racing, and finally Team Racing in The University off Nottingham Fireflies.
There was a gusty and brisk wind, which increased as racing finished much to the delight of the windsurfers who had a great few hours on the water.
The evening started with a Pauline roast and a few drinks at the bar, followed by a band, some dancing and more talk in the setting sun.
Sunday saw some more sunshine, wind, thrills and spills and some great racing, everyone was exhausted but with a smile on their face after a Midshires Bbq supper. The day started with Class racing in some moderate winds with some good gusts and sunshine, then the Family race saw novices take to the water in strong winds, a few spills, but the water is warm. Finally there was the second Commodores Cup.
Monday was overcast and a little misty as some bleary eyed sailors emerged after the Bbq and silent disco from Sunday night. The racing finalised the results and after some adjustment the results were published and prize giving took place.
James Logan the vice commodore, who organised the event with wife Phillipa thanked the sponsors, Allen, RS, Noble Marine and Pauline & Colin for catering, Martin & Moria for the bar organisation, and Jeff hardy, and Tim Miles-Haylor and team for safety cover, which was kept busy two days of the regatta.
One of several emails from visitors:
Dear organisers of the Spring Regatta
Thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your very special Regatta. You really do have a wonderful club, full of committed and resourceful members making it all alive and so much fun, no wonder you are CLUB OF THE YEAR!
The racing was fab. It was the windiest conditions I’d ever sailed in and now I’ve definitely got the bug. Rob was so pleased I didn’t wimp out this year.
Many many thanks to all who helped in this event. Long may it continue!
Cheers – Karen and Rob Bell – Firefly 2725
Emberton Park Sailing Club
Some photos (ok lots of photos) thanks to Viv Weston for the social photos after i left.