I generally seem to start off by saying how great the racing was at the lake
on Sunday!!!! But not this week, the racing this week exceeded all expectations
and was I quote probably the best I have seen throughout 2020. The weather,
Sunshine, Breeze, probably 9 to 11 knots, straight down the East bank , gave
the 13 skippers a perfect beat and run course, the great company and
camaraderie, throughout racing took your breath away.
We had a newish Sedici 13 ( 13 oh no ) at the lake for the first time, and unfortunately
before the start it had a drum and lines failure, that engaged a couple of
skippers sorting repairs during the first race, to enable Pete to enjoy the rest of the morning . Rob Wilson GBR 97 was quick off thestart line with Keith gbr 88 in hot pursuit, Dave Rigby with his Vision taking
third spot. Race two and all 14 skippers were in the line for the start, Tim Hand gbr 44
got the win with Keith gbr 88 gaining another 2nd place , and Dave R gbr 57
getting third spot, Racing was very competitive all through the fleet and some
amazing battles going on Jen Hand and Chris Graves both with Brit Pops giving
it everything. Adrian Cripps rarely seen this year started off steady but by
halfway had picked up the pace.
Race 3 and 4 saw Mick Ch gbr 46 pick up the pace with two wins, and yet again Consistent
Keith gbr 88 proving once again you do not have to win every race with 4
seconds in a row, and the rest fighting over 3 rd spot, Race 5 and Keith gbr 88
finally took the win with Dave Rigby and Rob Wilson 2nd and 3rd Mick Ch had
lent his boat to the clubs guest for the morning , Vice Chair of the MYA Darin
Ballington, who did rather well with it as you would expect. Race 6 and Mick Ch
got his boat back, and got another bullet, with Dave and Tim in hot pursuit.
Race 7 Keith got his second win of the day in the Sedici through steady
conservative sailing , Chris G gbr 11 taking 2nd place and Rob with 3rd, Tim
seemed to go off the boil a little in the last 3 races but in race 8 Jen Hand
gbr 69 got the win from Adrian gbr 77 with Keith getting one of his worst
results of the morning 3rd !!! the other being a 5th, Last race of the morning
and the breeze had increased a tad and some boats had the odd dive, The Sedici
of Mick Ch took the win with Keith coming home in 2nd place and Dave R taking
3rd spot .
The racing was, as I have said before, fantastic with a very good nature, and
friendly spirit. But I need to thank firstly Tim and Jen Hand who tacked some non-slip
carpet to the jetty’s, and also to Tim for sorting out the start line buoys ,
many thank also to Greg and Tony who came and did our scoring and also took a
few photos , and also to all the skippers who helped put the gear out and then put the gear away. Oh and by the way thanks to Rob our OOD fantastic job mate , get that britpop sorted .
Very well done to Keith Holmes who won the day with a very consistent
set of results he sailed exceptionally well and should be proud of the cool
calm way in which he achieved his result , it just proves what I have always
said , ” you don’t need to win every race to win a series”
It was also very nice to see Ed Whitaker who has been absent for a while ,
he is having his hip replacement operation on the 12th January so give him a
couple of months and he will be back with us ( Covid allowing )
“SCOTTO” read the news on thursday !!