Christmas pudding

Christmas Pud Regatta, 21 December 2019

Christmas Pudding race

21 December 2019

Alan Campbell won the Fast Fleet Large Pudding and Patrick Rohart the smaller one. Annette Walter won the Slow fleet Large Pudding and Alex Shelley won the smaller one.

The combined fleet honours were shared by Alan and Annette (win and 2nd each) with Patrick 3rd, Alex 4th, me 5th and Peter 6th.

Best costume went to Mike Caddy who kindly shared his winnings at the interval (after a glorious Father Christmas who was deemed ineligible as an office worker …. AOOD Phil)

Many thanks to OOD Ian Stringer and AOOD Phil Walter, safety boat crew Barry Leake and Paul Shelley that maximized the number of sailors on the water, photographer Val Newton, Marjorie for the mince pies (M&S) and hot punch and Morice Shelley who arrived with a fruit cake to save us from starving.

Merry Christmas to all

Charles - RO

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Christmas Pud Regatta, 16 December 2017

14 Wellys compete for homemade puds

There was a great turnout of Wellys and supporters at the Christmas Pud Regatta

It was a perishing-cold morning, with shards of ice in the lagoon, and frost on the boat-covers in the dinghy park, but the winter sun shone brightly in a clear blue sky. Fourteen eager Wellys signed on for the first Christmas Pud race, included four Supernovas and six Comets.

A light layer of broken ice on the Lagoon area.

Santa (alias Dave Campbell) rigs his dinghy.

Preparing to do battle.

OOD Ian Stringer and AOD David Brown set a simple triangular course of 5-6-1, taking all to starboard. At the hooter, Nigel Davis was first across the line, closely followed by Dave Lambert and both held these positions in the Fast Fleet for the whole race, and repeated this in the second race. There was a light breeze which made it essential to pick exactly the right moment to tack, on the beat back up to Mark 1, to gain any advantage.

In the Slow Fleet, Annette Walter and Charles Adams quickly settled in to first and second places in the first race. In the second Annette sailed off into the distance to compete with the Supernovas. Charles was left adrift behind everyone after a good start and only recovered second position from Phil Walter at the last mark.

It was good to see rising juniors Tom Etherton and Ben Hawker in the first race, but Ben disappeared before the second race … the rumour was he went off to see “Star Wars”!

While the sailors were hard at it on the water, members of the Mouse Club were enjoying festivities onshore including Mike & Sylvia Smith, Mike Fairman, David Boyce, Brian & Thelma Cardinal, Marjorie Adams, Sybil Morse, Pauline Shaw, David Newton, Maureen Blunt and honorary MC members Sheila and Val ‘on sick leave’ from sailing. To everyone’s surprise, Anthony Willis arrived with the very generous gift of a bottle of Navy Rum and two large bottles of ginger beer. Mouse clubbers decided these should be used in a punch to welcome in the New Year.

At the end of the morning, Marjorie produced several flasks of steaming hot punch and a big insulated box full of hot mince pies, which were very welcome on such a bitter day. Café owner, Vince, donated a Panettone cake to the gathering, which was also much appreciated.

Finally, thanks must go to Rescue Driver Alan Pearce and his Assistant, Simon Hawker, who were nearly frozen solid by the end of the morning.

Christmas Pud Results

Fast Fleet

1st Nigel Davis

2nd David Lambert

3rd= Shaun Smale & Roger Morse

Slow Fleet

1st Annette Walter

2nd Charles Adams

3rd= Phil Walter & Graham Hunt

Combined Fleet (No Pud Prizes)

1st Annette Walter

2nd Charles Adams

3rd= Phil Walter & Graham Hunt

2015 Christmas Pud Regatta on 19 December 2015

Twelve boats competed in the 2015 Christmas Pud Regatta on December 19. Conditions were just about perfect. It was bright 'n' breezy and the sun even managed to shine. Two of our newest sailors - Paul McAlister (Comet 554) and junior, Sam Clayton (Comet Swan Song) - were brave enough to launch into battle against the regulars, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Winners of the famous homemade Christmas puds were:

Fast fleet: 1st Roger Morse (Leader 1130), 2nd David Lambert (Supernova 1114).

Slow fleet: 1st Pete Thornley (Streaker 1507) 2nd Charles Adams (Miracle 1625)

As always, a jolly gathering of club members past and present enjoying the event, and the morning was rounded off with delicious hot mulled wine and mince pies, kindly provided by Marjorie Adams.

Thanks to OOD Ray Wilson, AOD Ian Stringer, Rescue Driver Tim Hogan, and Rescue Assistant Peter Edel for running the race.