Fickle light winds greated us, not the 7mph with 20 mph gusts that were forecast, nor was the direction correct still we manfully soldiered on. With Mike Ewart away on another mini break and a number of skippers turning out without yachts it was a small but selective fleet that took to the water.
The DF95 of Tim Leese suffered more than most with the lack of wind, apart from the odd race where it blew up a little and it came steaming along, it did however look somewhat diminuative along side the fleet of sixes. I couldn't persuade the gongoozlers on the bank to take on the challange of sailing my rinky-dink pink DF95, (was it the colour chaps?) so unfotunately Tim didn't really have anyone to sail against.
A couple of prospective club members joined us to sail as guests Paul Risdale "did I forget to mention his Renaisance is salmon not pink" who we know well and Grenville Thornhill with his newly completed Romanza. Messers Shepherd & Jackson made adjustments to mast positions just before the event and so consequently spent most of the races slowly getting their sails set up back to where they should be! (that's our excuse and we are sticking to it, never mind the "lost" keys!).
Geoff Raygada went well whilst he was sailing keeping it consistant and would have probably gone on to win however family commitments meant he had to cut his racing short, with the tricky wind and the close perfomance of all the yachts everyone had a turn at the front. When I got the chance I kept Paul Risdale honest out tic-tacing him for a couple of race wins.
Help was gratefully recieved from the gongoozlers Ian, Derek & occasionally Tim, can someone send me some photographs?
I didn't think I would have much to write about but it seems I have babbled on for sometime so I expect you will want to get to the results.