From Mike Brain
Sunday 27th July was a great day at Colemere – following the recent terrific weather the day was perfect, not so hot but with a fair breeze down the lake. New members David Perkins & Mike Phillips, (see photo) had volunteered to assist as extra assistant officers of the day in order to gain experience, and together with Wil Murphy and Robert Pride we had a great team to man both safety boats and provide great cover.
The first race took place with the wind straight down the lake, and for the first time I can remember in years we were able to set a course that used all – Yes ALL the buoys on the lake – bit complicated but everyone managed. It got a bit gusty at times and Felicity managed to capsize in great style but righted the boat unaided and continued. The wind shifted a bit to the north later so subsequent races were completed with slightly more orthodox courses. We won’t talk about the error in course setting I made in the second race, I’ll just plead advancing years!!
It was terrific to see so many boats on the water, some racing and some just sailing, and nice that many were less experienced members. John Beasley took part in his first race after winning the swimming trophy last year and I think could be a force to be reckoned with, if he is able to race more often.
Got to mention Hugh Farrington (he won’t speak to me otherwise) who sailed extremely well and won all 3 races – but then he does sail a Solo and I wasn’t racing!
All in all a super day
From Mike Brain (solo 4651) Officer of the day