What a marvellous day we had last Sunday ! The sun was out and although the wind was quite gusty we had fairly good sailing conditions.The Officer of the Day, Tony Boys, set a super course for us all and for the first race we had seventeen boats eager to get across the start line. Prizes were awarded to the winners with Tom Harris taking first place, Martin Cushing second and Nick Blore a close third.
We had some very generous raffle prizes to hand out and I’d like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who donated a gift. It was definitely much appreciated. The first prize was an aqua fleece jacket, kindly donated by Rooster Sailing. Ellen Dimelow had the winning ticket.Tony Boys had the second prize of a wine basket donated by Tanners Wines.
I’d like to thank everyone who attended and made the day so special. It was a lovely opportunity for our new members to meet everyone and Ali Anthony’s chocolate brownies proved very popular !!
The total raised on the day was an amazing £337. This is a superb amount to be able to donate to such a worthy cause.
We had a great turnout for yesterday’s Regatta and hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves. Our Captain, Helen Smith, had decorated the clubhouse (and her boat) with bunting to set the scene. The first race, collecting letters off the buoys for an anagram, had fewer participants but numbers swelled and we had eleven boats for the second race, collecting corks and bottles. Water was squirted and thrown and there were lots of near misses and in the end Ellen Dimelow and Pete Williams in their Miracle, Elmo, came out on top for those two fun races – good sailing or expert cheating?, I’ll leave that up to you to decide!
Over 50 members, friends and family then enjoyed a welcome Pimm’s with a hot pulled pork roll and delicious puddings thanks to Shirley Brain, Nicola Rouse, Sarah Hooper, Meryl Batho and Ellen Dimelow and other helpers.
After lunch we were up to 13 boats of lots of different classes and the OOD’s decided a pursuit race required too much Brain! power so we went for a straight handicap race in what had increased to lively conditions. The start was delayed by a few capsizes but in the end nine boats finished the race with Tom Harris in his Laser taking home the beer.
Thank you to everyone who attended and the biggest thanks of all to Mike Brain who masterminded the day.
If you wondered if you should have come to Colemere today, this photo of Nick Blore introducing new member Steve Dakin to the Wayfarer may help. It was nice to see old members, the Smith family, who sailed in the late 1960’s, and came to visit and enjoy a picnic at the clubhouse today.
Slightly late for our first sail of the season and Rigging Party this year. All down to the adverse weather on Sunday 18th March which was the date it all planned to happen. We had to postpone.
It was worth waiting for. A nice sunny day, not too cold and a gentle breeze on the lake. At least 12 of us took to the water for this first outing of the season. A sociable lunch (bring and share style) was a welcome intermission between the two races. On the menu, courtesy of the membership, was soup, bread, quiche, sausage rolls and pork pies amongst other delicacies. I think there was still a table of food to feed five thousand (well nearly) when we’d finished.
Thanks to Pete, Ellen and Tim for setting and running the races, and keeping us safe.
Graham Edwards took some pictures of the sailing below.
Thought this may make a (semi) interesting blog post during the close season.
Got my boat at home at the moment and after hard polishing I still couldn’t get the yellowy brown colour out of my hull that a few of us are suffering from. Upon Googling I discovered Y10 which is a slight acid which chemically reacts with the stain and comes up perfect almost instantly. The results are plain to see and highly recommended!
Here is a short video and some pictures, which I think were taken by Tim or daughter Maddie from the safety boat (at the end of last season). Martin in his Aero and son, Ryan, in the Laser. The video shows Martin in the Aero, with a glimpse of Tom in a Laser.
Boxing Day was a light wind day, which given the air and water temperature was, perhaps, a good thing.Ten mildly masochistic crews took to the water, nobody gave the rescue boat anything to do, and, after about 45 minutes, the ex-Commodore decided that it was possible to have too much of a good thing (a decision that several of the sailors supported enthusiastically in the post-match analysis).
At the end, there was inevitably a winner and this year it was Nick Blore in his new boat, who won not only on the water, but even more so on handicap!
Subsequently, Boxing Day traditions carried on, the rescue boats were pulled from the water for their annual holiday, and Christmas Day leftovers were consumed in front of the fire (although as the author had left by this time, this is supposition!)
Some pictures taken by myself whilst on duty on Sunday. Eleven boats on the water, which is good for the end of October. Conditions weren’t too bad, especially at the start of the first race and for the second race. Fellow OOD’s Pete and Rowan kept an eye on the races as I snapped away with my camera.