Several skippers and families enjoyed a great Saturday evening meal at The Railway on the day that the rugby world cup was decided. A great time and much wine was had by all in the great local pub.
Wow, we arrived at the lake at 08.00, thick fog and not a breath of wind, but give it a couple of hours and the sun came out and a gentle breeze filled in from the South West to get racing started on the East bank. Quite a long beat and run course was set that gave the fleets three good beats, the shifty wind catching quite a few skippers out throughout the day, with the shifts changing in virtually every race.
Seeding races were won by Chris Elliot from Lincoln and Derek Priestley from Fleetwood. The breeze had filled in after a short delay (the scoring computer not playing the right tune) and some exciting races followed, and with two fleets skippers got a break from the long walk up and down the bank. Race two was won by Nigel Brown from Gosport, last year’s winner of the Clive Hand, with second going to Rob Wilson and third Tim Hand a Lincoln member. Race three and four were won by Darin Ballington sailing a Widget from probably 10 years ago but still in fine condition, Nigel Brown keeping his score low with a second in race four, Tim Long also got a great result in race four with a third but was to better this in race 5 with a bullet. As I said earlier, the shifts in quite a decent breeze were catching skippers out big time, so there were one or two glum faces. That needed turning around. Out came the famous sausage burgers with a few onions and smiles returned.
Race six saw a 20 degree shift in wind to the west followed by a drop in strength and it looked likely it would fade completely but there was still a bit of pressure to enable A and B to complete the course before the breeze returned to its original direction and increased a couple of knots to allow race seven to be completed. There were some great battles up and down the fleets and skippers were extremely well behaved with the observers doing a great job.
The final A fleet race in light winds had the Sedici of Nigel Brown take the gun and Tim Hand with another Sedici second and the widget of Darin Ballington coming home in third.
All in all, a great day’s racing, and our thanks to the many helpers from Lincoln and other visiting clubs to make sure we were all kept well fed and watered. The race team from scorers, to finish line team, observer getters, cake makers, bacon cookers, burger cookers, just a Big Thank You.
Also, the skippers – thank you very much for coming and we hope you had an enjoyable day and will come back and visit Lincoln again soon
Club helpers who gave their time with help and support. Without them No event.
Mick Chamberlain, Alan Edgar, Ed Whitaker, Ivan Stephenson, Greg Codling, Roger Bacon, Geoff Streeter, Gordon Bennett, Jen Hand, and of course Jan Cooper, with the bacon butties.
Non-Club Members, Darin Ballington for help with HMS and in the dingy, Maureen Priestley and Sue Benson for their culinary skills with the sausage burgers.
Michael Wallace (Clive’s cousin), Caz, and Riley (Jen’s daughter-in-law and great grandson) for ensuring we always had observers. Cake!!! many thanks to all the contributors who baked and supplied us all with cake, it all went down very well.
We mustn’t forget there was also a collection for the RNLI. We are very pleased to be sending the RNLI a cheque for £150.00. A huge thank you from Jen.
Report by Mick Chamberlain.
Pictures by Jen Hand.