The weekend started with Discover Sailing, thanks to all who helped, the club was buzzing with around 200-300 visitors (we will update when we have checked).
After signing on at the hard working Reception / Training team led by Sarah & Martin Read, Chris Holt and Sue Orgles. All the stands had a good day, the fleets had interest, windsurfing let by Russ Towns and Dave Baldwin with Ollie Beadnall had quite a few takers. Meanwhile Cake by the lake with Mandy Davis leading and many young helpers took over £340 from cakes donated for charity, well done, further along the balcony was Membership with Kathryn Hinsliffe-Smith and Rachel Repper giving away packs.
The lawn saw Paddle Boarding organised by Moira Hart with Help from Russ & Judy Morton, Vicki and Matt, which saw large numbers trying Paddle boarding. The Open Water Swimmers also had a stand with many interested.
Finally there was Sailability at the top of the slip and a huge team (sorry will forget someone) led by Ian Firth, Martin Hart and Glyn Ritchie getting the queues of people out in Stratos and Coble. The buoyancy aid team where kept busy collecting, cleaning and distributing them. Meanwhile the team of instructors taking out families and individuals in the boats were very busy. Thanks to all who put time in, I think the smiling faces on visitors said it all.
Sunday evening Photos below. An enjoyable evening with an great band playing, and getting many up dancing later on, provided a superb background, with lots of chatter and the odd pint, picnics and at 7pm a speech from James Logan the Commodore, with some sparkling wine and the cutting of the cake. Apparently the bar shut late.
Monday started in overcast conditions which hung around till after sailing, a light and occasionally moderate northerly gave some good racing. 24 boats entered the David Stevens Memorial race, the donations totalled over £200. Sheila Stevens was down to give out the prizes. Jamie Mawson won in his RS600, with Tim & Tor Harrison second in an RS400, and youth Ben Paling third in a laser. The Juniors saw Katherine Gunn win, followed by Chloe Grayton and Sammy Mason.
The afternoon was taken up with a Team Medley Relay, each team had an adult and junior single hander and double hander (4 boats) and had to swap a batten (a milk bottle) at each lap when the next boat took over. Needless to say there were dropped battens, the odd capsize and some smiles with cheering from the balcony.
The winning team or orange consisted of: Sammy Mason, Stephanie Gunn, Alex and Neil Chadborn, James Ling, Phillipa Logan.
Ross Ryan won a bag of smarties for putting his spinnaker on upside down, The Litter Pickers of Alex & Jake won a deserved box of chocolates, the Endeavour went to Oliie Piggot, Capsize to Simon Ling, who managed to hold onto the batten whilst righting the boat, worst handover to Katherine Gunn, Martha and Isobel Ritchie, the best smile was Raif Piggot (much to the surprise of his parents!) and a special prize for Tracy Attcliffe who sailed her first race, first time in a boat.
Photos from the three days below, if I have inadvertently included someone I shouldn’t please let me know so I can remove it.