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.
Some pictures from the last Thursday evening race of 2017 (21st September) taken by Duty officer Rob Windsor on his phone. Some great skies over Colemere ! Sorry I couldn’t be there, but had an appointment with a brand new granddaughter in Germany.
Very light winds at Colemere this Sunday.
Chris Marshall was out in the Pico’s with his wife Ann and two children Rebecca and Helen.
Also out for the first time in their GP 14 were new members Andrew and Debora.
Races were dominated by Hugh and Nick with Nick winning both Races.
Here are a few pictures from a lovely sunny day at Colemere on Sunday 18th June.
It was sad to hear about the recent death of Stephen. Stephen and Jennifer Corcoran joined the Club around 20 years ago, I think it was 1996. He was also Club Treasurer for 6 years (2001-2006). I suspect Stephen was the first club member to sail a fold up boat at Colemere, his Sea Hopper. He later, bought Jim Wilson’s enterprise and sailed it regularly, often singled handed. Occasionally, Stephen would join in races, but more often than not, he really, just enjoyed pottering about the mere.
I was a boatpark neighbour with Stephen. His Enterprise and my Vago are in adjacent spaces. He would often tease me about my crew (or lack of it) and how they would have to be very brave to sail with me ! (I did have a reputation of capsizing.) However there was one occasion, a couple of years ago (he must have been aged 78 ?), when he agreed to crew for me in my Vago. Stephen climbed into the dinghy and settled himself into the crew position. I noticed he placed something into the storage bag at the front of the boat. When I enquired what it was, he said ” Oh, it’s only my heart medication” and then added with a grin “just to be on the safe side”. Our outing on Colemere went very well, no need for any heart medication at all!
Stephen’s Funeral Service is at Holy Trinity Church, Bronington, on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 11am, followed by Interment in the Churchyard. Details in Shropshire Star.
Below are a few pictures. I particularly like the one of Stephen “in character”. He came as a pirate, for one of the past Fun Regattas.
It was a little bit on the gusty side but all eleven boats made it out on the water. Mike Brain organised two super races to test our sailing ability.
With water pistols at the ready the frivolity began on the jetty. Pete Williams soaked everyone within a ten metre radius. Emily got a well deserved dunking and Richard Mansfield sported a very fetching bandana.
Race number one was fast and furious. Letters on buoys were dotted around the mere. Nick Blore solved the anagram first and headed swiftly back to shore.
We had to concentrate more for the next race. Our fishing nets scooped up corks whilst water fights added to the merriment. The hooter then signalled the mad dash up the lake to collect a bottle from Matt and Tony in the safety boat. The wind picked up again and quite a few of us experienced some nasty gybes and wobbles. However, we all came off the water smiling and were thoroughly proud of ourselves.
After drying off we all reassembled in the club house for drinks, a lovely lunch, amazing desserts (Mike’s raspberries were yummy) and a prize giving.
A big ‘THANK YOU’ goes out to everyone who made this day so special.