The first of the year on 1st Jan 2020 was cool, overcast, but at least there was a light breeze. The wind was swinging a bit so Race Officers Nadina Lincoln and William Jeffcote decided on a double beat with two slightly different beats to allow for any swings. A wise decision as about 5 seconds before the first start the wind swung giving quite a few early arrivals at the pin end a poor start, but no one was over as a result!
The racing was split fast and slow with a junior and windsurfing start but results amalgamated for the adult fleets. The racing was close and with over 50 boats including 5 juniors and 8 windsurfers it was quite crowded. Competitors came from all over the East Midlands to take part. After the results complied it was the home team of Kevin Hope and Andy Stewart from Notts County in their Fireball who won by a small margin from Nigel & Diane Pepperdine in an RS200 in second Staunton Harold with Jamie Mawson in his RS600 from Notts County third overall. Kevin won the Goeff Parker Memorial trophy and Nigel the Phil Davies Cup. Sarah Mason was first lady helm.
The Juniors saw Sam Grayton win in a Topper with Hayden Moore second and Cillian Dyne third. The Windsurfers saw Guy Sprekley enjoying the racing on his huge sail, so the trophy went to Sue Spreckley with Duncan Monaghan winning the Juniors.
Martin Hart standing in for the Commodore (who is in bed quite ill – we wish him a speedy recovery) thanked all who helped, said that the event had raised £300 split between RNLI and Sailability, and read the results.
Thanks also to those who brought rakes down and helped clear the weed from the edges.