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10th March 2018

New Sailing Season Begins


The 2018 sailing season kicked off on the 10th March with the first two Spring/Summer Handicap races.  A total of 12 boats ventured onto the grey, lacklustre lake, some after a long winter layoff due to the “Beast from the East”.   Conditions appeared to be very calm but this was deceptive as gusts suddenly punched through  …  as Patrick Rohart found out when he capsized on the start line.  

  • Patrick then had to catch the fleet, and he chased Shaun for the whole race, overtaking him at the very last minute!    
  • At coffee time Patrick was asked if Shaun had said anything to him, he joked: “Non, he iz round ze corner crying”.  
  • By some sort of Karma, Patrick’s boat capsized on top of him in the lagoon at the start of the second race!


  • Alan Campbell has bought Pete Thornley’s Supernova and will be sailing it at Stanborough.  The Campbell Supernova has been taken to Grafham by Rob, and Dave is now back to his trusty Laser.
  • Peter Thornley has gone back to his Streaker, which has now been promoted to the fast fleet courtesy of its new RYA PN (Portsmouth Number) of 1128.  This should guarantee some lively competition in the future!
  • Will Etherton was fixing spreaders to the mast of his Miracle in the boat park, which he hopes to get on the water very soon.  It was built by his Dad from a kit when Will was a youngster, but then his Dad discovered he didn’t actually like sailing!  He also plans to get a stronger boom and sort out the sail.  Watch out Charles!
  • Will and his son Tom made it to the RYA Dinghy Show this year and featured on a promotion in Facebook – trying out some of the gear. See if you can spot them  HERE.  (Paul McAlister was also there.)
  • It takes two to tango … well, to fix a self bailer on a Comet.  Paul McAlister was ably assisted by Will Etherton, as demonstrated here:





AGM 4TH March 2018

Another really good year!

           
    
“Another really good year”, was how Nigel Davis summarised 2017 in his Commodore’s Report to the AGM .  He said the average weekly number of boats on the water was 11 or 12, and the lowest was 6 to 9.  He wanted to encourage the club’s newer and younger member to sail more.

Nigel told the meeting he’d reminded himself about the club’s many events by looking at reports and photos on the website.  “A great record,” he said, then went on to pick out a few of them: 

  • He spoke of the sad loss of Piotr Caban and said a good number of WGCSC members had turned up to the funeral service.
  • He picked out Annette’s record sixth-time win of the Easter Regatta Trophy
  • Mentioned “the biggest news of the year - the shock damage to Peter Davis’s boat!
  • He congratulated Pauline Shaw on her 4th place in the Challenger Nationals
  • Commented on the Summer Regatta’s heart-shaped course with a gate at the café end
  • Said the RYA Boat Show had resulted in three new boats at the club
  • The Stewartby Interclub Competition had been a sad day for the club, but there’d been a great support team.  “We’re going again this year.  Let’s really make an effort and get that trophy back”, he urged.
  • He thanked Mike Caddy for proposing the toast to the club at the Annual Dinner
  • Celebrated the great turn out of club members for the Christmas Pud Regatta
  • And finally, thanked Roger Morse for all he does for the Welly Challenge

He was looking forward to another great year.  “We have a great relationship with Finesse and their support has worked well,”   He thanked them for trusting us with their key, allowing us to sail on summer evenings, and use their rescue boat.  He also confirmed there would be summer evening sailing in 2018 on Thursday evenings, from Spring Bank Holiday (late May) through to the end of August.

Treasurer Tony Hale said the accounts are in a healthy state and had been for a number of years, therefore the annual subscription would stay the same.  He thanked David Brown for taking on membership, and Charles for collecting money on Saturdays.  

Tony warned that membership was down.  “Paid-up subscriptions are down to 56, of which 11 are new, but a number have just not renewed.  The committee needs to take notice of that”, he said.

Race Officer Charles Adams said racing was as keen as ever and attendance had been as described.   He then went on to present the trophies.   



           
   
           
   


              

INSERT

Val was awarded the Clubmanship Trophy for her good work on publicity with the local press and for
her reports and photographs of club activities which you see here on the website. 
(Webmaster's comment: She was too embarassed to write these few words herself!)


Val was awarded the Clubmanship Trophy for her good work on publicity with the local press and for
her reports and photographs of club activities which you see here on the website. 
(Webmaster's comment: She was too embarassed to write these few words herself!)

NOTE:  Click as appropriate to see the full set of  photographs from the AGM or 
a  full list of the Awards  (in a new window or tab). 


The presentation of trophies was followed by the election of the Officers and Committee of the club as follows:

  Commodore:
Nigel Davis (3rd year)
  Vice Commodore:
Vacant
  Hon. Treasurer:
David Brown  (Tony Hale wished to retire)
  Secretary:
Paul McAlister
  Committee:
Sheila Stowe, Shaun Smale, Val Newton
  Junior Rep.: Vacant

Ian Stringer was re-appointed as Honorary Auditor.



Saturday 17th February 2018

Winter pursuits 15 & 16, the last of the season

Half a lake is better than none

The top half of Stanborough lake was covered in ice.  After some discussion, Race Officer Phil Walter and OOD Graham Hunt agreed to use just the bottom half for the first race, in the hope the situation might ease.  The sun was shining brightly and they knew the temperature was rising so hopes were high that much of the ice would have receded by the start of the second race.    It was the first time anyone could ever remember this compromise decision being made in the club’s history.

After the briefing, eight happy Wellys set out to do battle:  Phil Walter (Comet), Roger Morse (Leader) and a six-strong fleet of Supernovas – Dave Lambert, Nigel Davis, Shaun Smale, Peter Thornley, Dave Campbell and Patrick Rohart.  OOD Graham set a simple course,  with the top mark as close as possible to the ice line.   It worked, proving that half a lake is better than none!  As predicted, more sailing space was available for the second race so everyone had a good morning on the water after all.

Race 15:   1st  D. Lambert,  2nd  Nigel Davis, 3rd  Phil Walter,  4th  P. Thornley

Race 16:  1st  P. Thornley,  2nd  D. Lambert,  3rd  Nigel Davis,  4th  S. Smale


     
 The Top of the Lake still covered in Ice    First race is late starting - still some thin ice floating by the shore 

 
The ice line shines in the distance
     
Heading to the top mark    Moorhen getting ready for Spring 

  Only feet away from the ice but it is melting 
     
A Welly Fleet of six Supernovas start the second race    Rescue driver Paul McAlister and his Assistant Peter Davis

  Fighting it out at the top 














WELLY CHALLENGE 2018, Saturday 3rd February, Mead Hall, Wheathampstead

The Long Arm of the Law



        

Fast Fleet v Slow Fleet

Honours were Even!

This year’s Welly Challenge was as chaotic and as much fun as ever.   It raised the grand sum of £245, which is being donated to Grafham Sailability to help pay for new boats for disabled sailors.

The theme was: “The Long Arm of the Law” and it was amazing how Wellys translated this into characters and fancy dress costumes.   Master of Ceremonies, Roger Morse, walked around the room and invited everyone to introduce themselves and their outfits (he’d come as the Head of the FBI with the MEMO that Trump has just published).   

Shaun Smale’s take on things was extremely literal.  He had a long pole with a leather glove on the end with pointing finger, which he said was “The Long Arm of the Law”!

On the side of the Law, there was:   the Statue of Justice (complete with golden sword and balancing scales), a lady barrister (with wig and black gown), policemen and policewomen,  a police inspector, a member of Neighbourhood Watch with binoculars, the tea lady from the police station and her husband, as well as Secret/Special and Undercover agents, a SWAT team member, a helpless hostage, and a wife with a ball and chain round her neck.

The villains and illegals included, a convict serving hard labour with a ball and chain round his ankle, several masked burglars, a large criminal gang (looking suspiciously like Graham Hunt’s family), and an illegal immigrant hiding under a coat (discovered by Roger to be Patrick Rohart).  

The evening’s challenges were as eclectic as ever.  There was a quiz on World Leaders - inspired by the Leader dinghy apparently!  (Who can honestly remember these - (China) Xi Jinping , (Zimbabwe) Emmerson Mnangagwa, and (New Zealand) Jacinda Ardern ?).  This was followed by a hard-to-crack cryptic quiz on UK place names.

Light relief came when Carol Brown introduced the ever-popular practical Welly Challenge.  She read out a scenario which was about Welly sailors being kidnapped by Finesse, and set the Fast and Slow teams the task of making a gadget to help track them down.  Old newspapers were also handed to each team so print could be cut out and stuck on a message board for police.  At the word “Go”, there was much ripping of cardboard and sticking by the two eager teams, and the ingenious results were eventually judged by Roger.

    

                      


When David Brown, came to tot up the figures on the Score Board, it was a 60-60 Draw.  For the first time, the winners were not the Fast Fleet or the Slow Fleet.  Honours were Even!


 

A big thank you to the TEAM who worked so hard to make it all happen  –  Roger Morse, who is the driving force behind Welly Challenge, and his helpers - David and Carol Brown, Shaun Smale, and Peter Thornley.  Roger also wishes to thank Louise Hunt for her invaluable work selling the raffle tickets.

   

To see all the pics taken at Welly Challenge, click here:  







Last Blast of the Year

The "Last Blast of the Year" was specially arranged and organised by our Race Officer, Charles Adams - a special Personal Handicap Pursuit for the "End of Year Tankard".

It took the form of two pursuit races with everyone starting at the same time but covering different distances according to their boat and current personal handicap - a special handicap calculated scientifically by our Race Officer.



In the warmth of the classroom


It was also advertised as an opportunity to display those new pullovers, gloves and scarves as delivered by Santa(!) and sample the leftovers from Christmas plus the special recipe club Punch supplied by Marjorie, fortified to taste with a drop of Rum, courtesy of  Anthony Willis. Thereafter, the "Last Blast" got accorded the title of  The Rum Pursuit.


Alan Campbell emerged as the clear winner of the end-of-year ‘Rum Pursuit’



Deliberate concentration from Alan wins through


Strong winds were not going to stop Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club running their resurrected End-of-Year Pursuit races on Saturday, 30th December. (See Historical Note below).

Sudden 30-40 mph gusts hit the competitors at regular intervals as they battled round the course. There were spectacular sights of speeding boats lost to view in spray and inevitable capsizes.
 
After two exhausting 3/4 hour races Alan Campbell emerged as the clear winner with Commodore Nigel Davis second, Annette Walter third and Mike Caddy fourth.  Although Annette didn’t win, she never stopped smiling as she powered along on the plane!



Annette has a ball!

           


It was a lively event for everyone

            


           

     


                   In the strong wind conditions......
     

The Rescue Driver had to concentrate so hard...................that his skylight popped open to keep him cool!



Thanks go to Rescue Driver David Brown, and his assistant, Race Officer Charles Adams, who ran the two pursuit races from the safety boat.  Charles also managed to take some fantastic action photos while stationed at the top end of the lake supplemented by some from Val.  Appreciation also goes to Sheila Stowe and Dave Campbell who did duties in the race hut, counting laps and making sure everything ran smoothly.

             

Alan is congratulated by Race Officer, Charles Adams  
 
 Alan with brother Rob
 
This is how your watch works..... But I'd rather try to open this rum.
 
 Ooooh!  Rum! Naughty!



Members of the Mouse Club (below) turned out in force to cheer everyone on and were rewarded with reviving glasses of Marjorie's hot punch with rum added to taste from Antthony's bottle of Lambs Navy Rum.  There was also a spread of hot mince pies, chocolate biscuits and more, courtesy of Thelma Cardinal.






Someone has to do it! Thanks, Ian


 This new event turned out to be a great way of ending the sailing year.....or......put another way.....



...to end the "Rear of the Year 2017!!!!"


[Historical Note: The Last Blast of the Year is a resurrection of an end of year pursuit regularly run by Simon Fishwick when Ash Cato from Finesse was willing to give up time to open up the facilities.]






Birthday Boys

Birthday Boys do Battle

 
  This is not supposed to happen!  

The forecast for Winter Handicap races 9 and 10 on Saturday 4th November was for heavy rain and high winds.  Amazingly this didn’t put anyone off, including the two Welly “Birthday Boys” – Dave Campbell and Roger Morse – who’d been celebrating their 80th and 70th  birthdays the night before.  After the briefing by OOD, Graham Hunt, 12 boats took to the water and everyone had a great sail in breezy (and, by that time) dry conditions.

At coffee, a birthday celebration feast appeared.  Dave brought out two large boxes of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and Roger’s wife Sybil, produced a big box of homemade Welsh cakes, and everyone  was invited to “tuck in”. 

       
  12 Helms enjoying a breezy first race.

  A birthday feast appeared at coffee time.    These three made sure of their share.  

So far, so good but, by the time the second race started, the wind had become MUCH livelier. It wasn’t long before (uncharacteristically) Dave Campbell capsized his Laser and the rescue boat suddenly had a job to do. He struggled to get it upright in the strong gusts, but it blew over on top of him and the battle had to continue. (Son, Alan, sailed past in his Supernova with barely a glance!)

Eventually, Dave decided to “abandon ship” and climb aboard the safety boat.  However, our Birthday Hero didn’t stop there -  he then went on to assist rescue at the top of the lake where young Tom Etherton and Ben Hawker, had also capsized and become trapped on the bank by overhanging trees.

   
   
  Second race was much livelier   Oops! Dave is over but son Alan sails by without a glance!

 Birthday Boy Roger sails past too!  
       
   Dave continues to struggle    .... abandons ship    .....and joins the rescue effort at the top of the lake!

 
       
  Dad Will Etherton furls son Tom's sail   Rescue Assistant Anthony Willis helps Ben

   A happy ending for both boys  



It turned out to be an eventful morning-after-the-night-before for Dave Campbell, but his fellow “Birthday Boy”, Roger Morse,  managed to keep his feet dry.


* Fast Fleet:  Patrick Rohart came 1st in the first race and Alan Campbell 1st in the second race.  

* Slow Fleet: Annette Walter came 1st in both races.

The full photo album can be viewed here.



    


Dates for your Diary


 

London Boat Show
ExCel,
10-14 January 2018
     

RYA Dinghy Show
Alexandra Palace
3rd/4th March 2018

 





Dates for your Diary


 

London Boat Show
ExCel,
10-14 January 2018
     

RYA Dinghy Show
Alexandra Palace
3rd/4th March 2018

 









Handicaps 7 & 8 in Storm Brian

WGCSC beat Storm Brian.

With the full force of Storm Brian due to hit Stanborough Lakes at 13.00, OOD Paul Lohr offered two three quarter hour races with a short break between. He set a there and back again course with each end a gate. A gallant band of eight set out into the lively conditions.

Half way up the first leg I spotted a tree that needed pruning and spent a while relaxing in the shelter until a favourable wind shift allowed be to shoot back into the race. I spent the rest of the race lurching along mainly in the shelter of the trees on the western bank whilst unsuccessfully removing water and willow.

Meanwhile in the proper race, it was mainly the women that were showing the way. Annette (Comet) skipped along ‘nay bother’ to win both the slow and combined fleet races; easily. Newcomer Katherine Woods (RS Q’ba) also showed us the way to handle the alternating light wind and severe gusts with a third overall 3rd in the first race. In the second, she was denied another ‘podium’ because her boat’s mast was ripped out. Sheila Stowe opted to help Roger Morse in the Leader. With wise heads in the boat they picked their way round the course with less drama than most, rarely coming out into the full force of the wind, to secure an overall third and second.

Nigel (Supernova) spent long periods of time battling it out with Annette having spectacular planning but rather more visits to the water. He did the minimum distance to win the first race…. barely crossing the finishing line before abandoning his boat. Paul Sperring and James (Feva) bravely took on the very gusty wind but eventually decided spectating might be more enjoyable and joined Phil Walter (Comet) and Dave Campbell (Supernova) who survived the first race impressively, but opted out of race two along with me who thought it more important to become the official photographer in the absence of Val. Perhaps sense prevailed whilst enjoying the break with generous helpings of Thelma’s birthday cake – she was desperately hoping that the races were not cancelled as it would have been impossible for Brian to eat all she had baked before they go off to the Isle of Wight to celebrate. Beautiful cakes; great cakes….

And last but not least the rescue team of Dave Lambert and Patrick Rohart did a grand job. Such a shame they were on duty as they are  two who relish sailing in such challenging conditions. They were called upon many times over the morning and were given interesting problems getting boats back to safety especially the Feva with a fallen mast from the top of the lake.

Well done all.


Annual Dinner 2017


14 October 2017   WGCSC Annual Dinner

Juniors make their mark 

52 members and friends had a very enjoyable Annual Dinner at the Mill Green Golf Club, following the Commodore’s Cup Race earlier in the day.

Our wonderful organiser, Sheila Stowe, made sure every single detail was perfect and a really good time was had by all.

         
         
         
         
         


The event was hosted by Commodore Nigel Davis, and he invited Mike Caddy to propose the Toast to the Club.  Mike summed it all up by saying: “One look at the Welly website confirms what a great club this is.”

The main entertainment of the evening was the table quiz which included a section specially aimed at juniors provided by the McAlisters – the questions were a total mystery to the rest of us.  (for example: In the cartoon Rick & Morty, what vegetable does Rick turn into?)

As usual there was a raffle and thanks go to junior Lucy Hawker and Graham Hunt’s daughter, Louise,  for doing a great job selling tickets and distributing the prizes – first to go was a scary Halloween Cat decoration, but the bottles of wine were as popular as ever!

     


The major highlight of the evening came when Phil Walters (deputising for Race Officer Charles Adams) announced the winners of the 2017 Spring/Summer Handicaps and Spring/Summer Pursuit races.  An extra special round of applause went to Ben Hawker when he was named as the winner of the Junior Handicaps Cup.  Everyone was agreed it’s great to have some keen juniors in the club again.

     

A non-stop show of the year’s sailing pics by Val Newton, projected by tech maestro Shaun Smale completed the evening.

The full set of Val's photographs can be viewed here. (New Window)




Commodores Cup 2017 - 14 Oct 2017

14 October 2017  - Commodore’s Cup

A change of format this year

There was an excellent turnout of 17 boats for the Commodore’s Cup, which took place on an unpromising, grey, light wind day at Stanborough.  It included two “mini fleets” of seven Comets and five Supernovas.

         
         
         

Commodore Nigel Davis announced the format would be different this year.  There would be a Pursuit and a Handicap back-to-back before coffee, then a second Handicap after the break.  The event would be decided as the best two of three races (ie one discard).  The idea was to provide keen competition not only at the front of the race but also down the fleet.


He also said there would be three trophies on offer – the Commodore’s Cup, the Backbone Trophy for the highest place helm who has not won a series or special race in the last five years, and a Commodore’s Junior Cup for the first junior (under 19). This last piece of news caused a delighted stir amongst the four possible qualifiers at the briefing – Tom Etherton, Ben Hawker, Lucy Hawker and Samuel McAlister.

Nigel wasted no time in getting the Pursuit under way, with the help of his assistant, Ian Stringer, who toiled over the laptop computer in the hut during the racing to make sure all the results were spot on.

Sheila Stowe beat all the other Comets to a great start in the Pursuit. Dave Campbell was the first of the Supernovas across the line. After that, the running order was ever changing.

Two sailors suffered gear failures during the first race – Peter Thornley’s sail suddenly dropped down the mast because he hadn’t fastened it properly, and Paul McAlister’s sail parted company with the end of the boom but he managed to re-tie it on the water.


When the final reckoning came, two sailors were in equal contention for the Commodore’s Cup – Peter Thornley and Dave Lambert. Commodore Nigel Davis said the rule was the last race dictated which one had won, and this turned out to be Dave Lambert. Dave was thrilled “I’ve never won the Commodore’s Cup before!” he exclaimed.



 
   
   
 Dave Lambert wins the Commodore's Cup    The Backbone Trophy was won by Mike Caddy.    Commodore’s Junior Cup was won by Tom Etherton.




A Sporting Moment that was almost missed

The good natured rivalry between juniors Ben Hawker and Tom Etherton – who are both students at Verulam School – continued onshore during the Commodore’s Cup.  At the coffee break, they were exactly equal with a 1-2, and a 2-1.  They shook hands and wished each other “Good Luck” with the deciding third race … which eventually went to Tom.  After the Junior Cup was presented they high-fived each other in celebration – it’s good to see such sportsmanship in the club.
 





Thanks go to Alan Pearce for driving the rescue boat, and his assistant Simon Hawker. They performed one particularly important task all morning – bringing Peter Thornley back to the lagoon after his sail came down!

A selection of Val's photographs can be seen below and the whole Google Photo Album here. (New window).


 
   
       
         
         
         
         
         





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420 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - ANNABEL and BRYONY do it again!!

 


We make no excuse for reporting Annabel Cattermole's and Bryony Bennett-Lloyd's continued success, this time in the 2012 World Championships and Ladies World Championships in Austria. They ended up 23rd out of 71 and 3rd GBR boat in the Ladies Gold Competition. They were lying 18th and 2nd GBR boat going into the final day, but they had one more race and most of the GBR boats struggled with the conditions, light and shifting winds. Anyway, they've come back really really pleased having had a great time.  We give them our warmest congratulations.




420 FRENCH NATIONALS - ANNABEL WINS SILVER FLEET 

 


Club member Annabel Cattermole , with her crew Bryony Bennett-Lloyd, competed in the French National Championships, late July. They had a brilliant series, finishing first in the silver fleet, and 46th out of 90 overall. Awesome sailing. Well done Annabel.

See them in action and being presented with their cup here.






PAUL LOHR and his BRITISH MOTH at HUNTS SC OPEN 2012


Photograph shows Paul at Hunts SC Open and he's off to the Nationals at Northamton (8-11 August).  We wish him all the best!


See larger version of this photograph here. (Photo ©Colin Hall, Yachts and Yachting)




Punchbowl 2017

Punch Bowl Trophy, Saturday 16th September

Toasting the Winners and thanking the Duty Team

Dave and Patrick make it two in a row!



 

   

Congratulations to Dave Lambert and Patrick Rohart, who beat off competition from nine other teams to win the much coveted Punch Bowl Trophy for the second year running. 

They not only put Comet sailors Phil & Annette Walter into second place, they also managed to withstand very strong challenges from fellow Supernova sailors, Shaun Smale & Tom Hebbert, and Dave & Alan Campbell. To say they were absolutely jubilant when OOD Ian Stringer announced the result is an understatement! 

   
 
 

A total of ten teams took to the water, and it was good to see four of our junior sailors – Samuel McAlister, Tom Etherton, and Lucy & Ben Hawker - enjoying themselves. At one point, Lucy exclaimed: “This is SO much fun!” as she recovered from a tricky – and very wet changeover. (The rule of this race is that helms have to change every lap by heading for the shore and jumping out on one side of the boat, while their partner takes over the helm as quickly as possible from the other side. It is always a popular event with club members who turn out to see how speedily the changeover can be done – or not – as the case may be.) 

  Lucy (swimming) -  “This is SO much fun!”
 
 The Walters - How it should be done.
 
Messrs Rohart & Lambert - How it shouldn't be done.
But they won!


Sailing conditions were ideal for this three-hour pursuit, with a consistent gentle breeze throughout the morning. Supporters turned out in force, and everyone enjoyed a cup of hot punch when racing was over – thanks to Marjorie Adams for doing the honours. 



   Dave Lambert & Patrick Rohart are presented with their trophy by Ian Stringer.
 
  Samuel McAlister, Tom Etherton, and Ben & Lucy Hawker pose with the Trophy....They wish!

Big thanks also to Ian & Jill Stringer for all their hard work running the race, and to Alan Pearce and Simon Hawker for manning the Safety Boat. Appreciation also goes to Karen McAlister who helped Val with some of the picture taking.





Post Script:

Have we found Messrs Lambert and Rohart's secret to success? - Their Support Team!



To see all of the photographs taken by Val Newton and Karen McAlister in a new window, click here.



A Little Miracle






 

Paul McAlister & Will Etherton

Paul Sperring & James

Patrick Rohart (1209) and Ben Hawker (170)


  
A Little “Miracle”

The Winter Pursuit series kicked off on 23rd September.  On the face of it, it was a regular Saturday and 12 boats competed.  But, a little “miracle” took place … Charles Adams helming his trusty Miracle 1625, had a great morning and won BOTH races.

He beat Graham Hunt into 2nd place in the first race, and Nigel Davis into 2nd in the second race.

All sorts of other good things went on too … it was pleasing to see junior Tom Etherton growing in confidence, sailing his Comet 170 into 10th place in both races.  His fellow junior, Ben Hawker, had a 12th and 11th but, more importantly, he too was competing to the best of his ability against all the more experienced sailors.  Both have lots of exciting potential.

A “summer evening sailing graduate”, Paul Sperring, plus his small son James, also put in a first appearance in a hired RS Feva and came 11th and 12th.

To the manner born

The OOD was Paul McAlister, ably assisted by Will Etherton (Tom’s Dad).  Both are relatively new Wellys, but they handled the multiple starts and finishes as if to the manner born.  The two of them have quickly become great assets to the club.

Out in the safety boat, Simon Hawker, (Ben’s Dad), was assisting Rescue Driver, Shaun Smale.  He’s done this duty many times already, which is much appreciated.

On shore, recent sailing recruit Tom Hebbert arrived with his wife Alannah, 3-year old Eliza, and baby Ava.  He took Eliza out for a little sail round during the first race but regrettably no one had a camera handy so there is no pic of this maiden voyage.  

It augurs well

However, it all augers well for the future.

It may have been “an ordinary Saturday” but all sorts of interesting things were still going on!
    
Tom & Alannah Hebbbert

Paul comes 8th & 8th

Nigel beaten into 2nd place






Victory Smiles

Can you see the smile on Charles' face?