Watermead in Aylesbury hosted this year’s national championship on the 2nd and 3rd of June.
The first problem we encountered was the water level was about a meter and a half above standard which has not been seen for over seven years.
This created two issues, one was a launch and recovery point and the second was where to stand to see the course.
We managed to set out a course which was two rounds via a windward mark, spreader and then down to a gate. This course was used again on Sunday as the best for the restricted vision and lack of path.
Vision was not perfect, but it was sailable. The wind stayed between 4 and 8 mph from roughly the North/East. The sun came out in the afternoon and with two fleets we managed to complete 9 races.
The evening meal arranged at the Watermead Inn went well with a relaxed atmosphere and very good food.
Sunday found bright sun, wind at 1 to 2 mph but the water had dropped 200mm!
Luckily the wind drifted in from the north west, so it was a better start line than Saturday.
The race start was delayed for 45 minutes to allow the wind to get up to 3 mph which for the first two races allowed just one circuit. We then increased it to two circuits as the wind although light and variable did keep blowing. Several skippers retired due to the frustration of light winds, but we completed 6 more complete races by 4.00pm.
The overall winner was Dave Burke (30), who sailed steadily throughout and scored only 40 points.
Second was Mark Dennis (19) who had 55 points and third was Stephen Haywood (57) with 56 points.
The trophy was duly handed to Dave with a good bottle of scotch. The full results are here: MYA IOM Veterans 2018 results
PRO Clive Bardell, Watermead MBC.
The White cubes in the background are actually the tops of the pier supports.