May Bank holiday charity race

On what would normally have been the club’s annual regatta weekend – not possible because of restrictions required to maintain the release from the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions – the sun shone and the breeze blew. Well, it was mostly sunny, definitely quite warm and there was a breeze most of the time. It was fabulous weather (quite unusually for this weekend!) for the camping and entertainment that was still happening, both on and off the water.

Instead of our bank holiday regatta we ran our usual summer weekend sailing and added on the annual Charity Event to keep us all active on Monday. Plenty of members were enjoying the lake and the surrounds with numerous family camping parties taking place, the club was buzzing. Around 25 boats and boards took part in Monday’s racing; a morning handicap race with Serenity, Fast and Slow starts and an afternoon 75 minute Pursuit race with individual start times carefully worked out based on a crafty combination of the standard (PY) handicaps and the results from the morning’s race. The warm calm day presented light and variable puffs of breeze around the lake to begin with, firming up to a very pleasant force 2 to 3 by the afternoon. The race and safety teams who had happily volunteered to support the event weren’t troubled excessively, apart from avoiding sunburn and the glorious sight of the 29er gracefully tripping over itself during a low speed gybe at the leeward mark. 

The results are below well done to new member, but experienced sailor, Chris in his Solo who quickly took the lead in the pursuit race and couldn’t be caught, and also to Isis sailing an Aero 9 who sailed really well (too well considering what was coming next) in the handicap race to take a commanding 1st. Of course that meant her personal handicap was harsh, + 12 minutes to the first boat, for the pursuit, but she did enough to get up to 6th place in that race to take the overall 1st place, just ahead of John in his Solo and Martin in another Aero 9. The Junior win went to Chloe in her Topper with two credible positions against the big boats.

Fun was had by all and the generosity shown by the entrants, as well as some who just gave without sailing, was wonderful. The nominated charity was Nottinghamshire Palliative Care and the generous £245 raised on the day was donated to Beaumond House Hospice, Newark – link below if you want to read more about them, and how they can be supported.

Thank you to all the competitors, supporters and volunteers (and of course Pauline and Keith in the Galley) who helped to make a bank holiday Monday quite a special one.

Results from NCSC Charity race – 31 May 2021
ClassSail No.HelmCrewHandicap ResultPursuit ResultTotalOVERALL Result
Aero 92582Isis Bemrose 1561
Solo5039John Sears 3472
Aero 92184Martin Hewitt 6283
Solo5912Chris Stubbs 8194
RS4001355Paul ReynoldsCath Reynolds46105
RS4001048Martin HartMoira Hart57126
Topper48535Chloe Grayton 712197
Laser200322John Rowell 911208
Laser183347David Beard 1110219
Merlin 3629Jake WillarsJohn Tailby1932210
Wayfarer8611Charles KidgerJ Kidger1582311
Solo4902Stephanie Gunn 2222412
Scorpion1911Alan KenyonVarious1792613
Laser R376Lindsay Ogden 10223214
Laser215613Phil Henson 12223415
200021632John DavieEloise Davie21133416
Laser196748Kevin Spencer 13223517
K1124John Allen 14223618
Topper474Alex Chadborn 22143619
Aero 72981Alison Goodall 16223820
Scorpion1966Rob GardnerNumerous18224021
29er2197Ben PalingNot known20224222
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