David Stevens Memorial races

August bank holiday Monday, normally the occasion for the family fun endurance race, was this year dedicated to the memory of David Stevens, a long standing member and great supporter of the club, and the very worthwhile charity choice of Sailability.
 
After many weeks of breeze and warmth this bank holiday gave us some lovely sunshine, but the breeze wasn’t forecast, and true to its word, didn’t  appear.  The sailing plan for a handicap race followed by a personal start time adjusted pursuit was always scheduled to be accompanied by some paddleboard action, courtesy of Miora our WeSUP organiser.   To those not yet with the modern way of the world, SUPers blow up a board and paddle around the lake standing on it.  Not a sail or mast in sight, not that they were much use on this calm day.  Well, plenty of our members are with it as demonstrated by the horde of fancy looking multi coloured boards that were paddles across and around the lake with much gusto.  There was competitive stuff and fun stuff going on, below is a report from Moira Hart.
 
A gentle handicap race did get squeezed in to the one brief period of breeze that arrived around lunchtime and the sailors enjoyed a slow, but competitive, square route around the lake.  The results are as below.  
 
The breeze then faded to nothing and everyone was left to enjoy some fine sunshine, Pauline’s delights, a few gentle casual sails and, needless to say, a whole lot more SUPing.  Of course the event wouldn’t have happened without the volunteer duty team of Adrian, Viv and Tim the Bosun, please remember that in these different times under Covid19 restrictions we welcome all those who can contribute similarly for the forthcoming weekends.   
 
Thanks go to David’s family who came down to enjoy the company and talk about the great time David had, and gave, at the club.  Also to all those who gave generously to the voluntary entry fee, a credible £150 cash was raised for our Sailability fund, and more to come from the online donations. 
 
A fabulous day, for a great cause and in the company of some of the fabulous people that make up NCSC. 
 
Results 
(Please forgive only helms names in this list – I didn’t get the crew’s details)
1. Ian Masson, Aero 9
2. Martin Hewitt, Aero 9
3. Ross Ryan, RS300
4. Dave Snutch, Scorpion
5. Julian Lloyd, Laser
6. Egan Bremner-Harrison, Topper
7. John Riddell, Scorpion
8. Robert Stevenson, Lightning 368
 James and Philippa, Race Mgt team for the day
 
SUP Report from Moira Hart: When the wind doth not blow what do NCSC members do – SUP of course.
 
On August Bank Holiday Monday NCSC held a memorial fun day in memory of David Stephens with donations to Sailability.
 
With little wind for much sailing members were out in force on their SUPs for some fun racing and paddling + yes open water swimming!!!
 
First race was the sprint race from buoy to shore: 1st Russ Morton, 2nd Judy Morton, Equal 3rd Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith and Cathryn Reynolds
 
Junior two-up race: 1st Will and Annie Roberts
 
Team race won by Team B: Judy Morton, Liz + H, Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith, Moira Hart, Emma Roberts + Mike Roberts
 
Team A was robbed of first place by tsunami tactics inflicted by the Bosun Timothy Miles-Hayler. who caused Mike Stephenson not one but two unfortunate capsizes.
 
The afternoon provide excellent conditions for a Group to sup round the perimeter of the lake whilst the RO (James Logan) supped tea and cancelled the second race.
 
The finale was a group of weSUP members being invited to open water swim on the small lake with Justine Jenkins and Love Open Water. Thanks for the experience and thanks to all who came and gave SUPing a try at NCSC. 
 Moira Hart SUP coordinator
 
Photos from Steve Thompson – thanks, with Moria Hart & James Logan contributing the last few.
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