The HANSA nationals for Sailability sailors, who have some form of ‘disability’, or perhaps I should say lots of ability. Whilst many were in wheelchairs, on sticks, or many other ‘disabilities’ they lack none of the spirit, and certainly enjoy sailing to the full. I do wonder if I would be so determined to get on the water in that situation – I hope so.
We had 29 boats entering in the 4 classes of Access keelboats (303 one and two person, 2.3 and Liberty), more than at the last few years championships, probably due to our central position, and it was warm, though the wind was not overly friendly switching directions and strength throughout the afternoons racing. David Snutch, the race officer, did not have an easy job. Weed was also an issue, it is unfortunate as until a week ago the lake was weed free. The safety crews cleared as much as they could find before racing and during racing safety boats were having to spend time clearing weed off competitors keels and rudders.
Saturday started late as the wind didn’t start to fill in till around 11, and then fitfully, however by 12pm a race was under way, and after lunch the two afternoon races were back to back, in light winds, sometimes disappearing to a calm. The course was moved to avoid the worst of the weed, and fewer competitors were caught.
The final day started close to the correct time once the wind settled, and there was a gentle to moderate wind to finish the event. Results were calculated and prizes given out.
Thanks to all the club members (about 30 or so) who helped on shore parties, including winching, launching and general support. On the water there were the safety boats out, mainly on weed removal and bouy moving duty. Finally of course there was the long suffering race team, who had a difficult job in the variable conditions.
Below are photos from David Eberlin, visitors if you want larger copies email the website. The Prizegiving photos from Viv Weston.