Summer regatta

Summer Regatta 29 June 2019

Heat gets Race Officer in a tizz!

The 2019 Welly Summer Regatta was sailed on the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures climbing to the dizzy heights of over 32degC. However, Stanborough Lake was far from a calm mill pond. Good winds and strong gusts kept things lively for the 15-strong fleet out racing for trophies.

At the presentations, Race Officer, Charles Adams, revealed that Annette Walter was the clear winner in the Slow Fleet. Unfortunately, she had to dash off to a work emergency immediately afterwards and was unable to wait for the photo call.

The trophy for the Fast Fleet race was then handed to a surprised Roger. It should have gone to Dave Lambert who had 2 wins and a second (to Roger's 1 win and 2 seconds). An apologetic Race Officer Charles, said he managed to mangle the results because he was so hot, tired and frazzled!

None of that had much bearing on the Personal Handicap Result which was won by Mike Caddy. Notable also were the results for the Ethertons - Will 2nd equal with Paul Lohr and Tom was 5th. Despite Annette's Personal Index being adjusted down to Minus 50, she still came 4th.

Tom won the junior prize and collected a (melted) Easter Egg (the fridge will be helpful). Oscar and Ned completed two races but did not trouble the scorer ….this year.

Thanks go to OOD Ian Stringer and his assistant Phil Walter, and the Safety Boat team Alan Pearce and Dave Wright.

WGCSC Summer Regatta Personal Handicap 2019

Tom Etherton, Summer Regatta Junior Winner

Mike Caddy, Personal Handicap Winner

Roger Morse was mistakenly presented with the Fast Fleet trophy by OOD Ian Stringer - but he's taking good care of it for the REAL winner, David Lambert!

Summer Regatta, 30th June 2018

Dave Lambert Sails to Victory in the Summer Regatta

Dave retained the Fast Fleet Trophy and was the combined fleet winner

A lovely sunny day, a great turnout of sailors, and the Mouse Club was fully represented onshore. It couldn’t have been better!

The 16-strong fleet comprised six Supernovas, three Comets, three Lasers, a British Moth, a Leader, a Miracle, and an RS Vision Congratulations to David Lambert who retained the Fast Fleet Trophy and was the combined fleet winner (no trophy for that). Also on the podium were slow fleet sailors Phil Walter (yes, Phil actually beat Annette on this occasion), and Paul Lohr. (See All Race Results for individual placings)

Val Newton chalked up ‘Last Place’ in the Regatta (no trophy for that), thanks to a DNF in the second race. Wiped out by a sudden gust, she went into the water up to her neck and couldn’t right her Laser as the mast was stuck in the mud. Rescue Driver Tim Hogan decided to abandon the boat until racing finished. He and his assistant then tried to haul Val into the Rib but her buoyancy aid was too loosely fitted so he told her to hold on to the side and towed her ashore. An ignominious finale - no photos exist. She hasn’t sailed since!

OOD Ian Stringer presents the Summer Regatta Slow Fleet trophy to Phil Walter.

Summer regatta - 17th June 2017

Dave Lambert and Paul Lohr Win Summer Regatta Trophies

Ian Stringer, OOD

A heart-shaped course

Dave Lambert, FF winner

Three times in a row

Paul Lohr, SF Winner

A British Moth day

Winner of this year’s Summer Regatta Fast Fleet Trophy was Supernova sailor Dave Lambert, making it a triumphant three times in a row. Second place went to Nigel Davis in his new Supernova, and 3rd was Roger Morse, Leader.

The Slow Fleet Trophy went to Paul Lohr in his British Moth, 2nd was new junior Ben Hawker in his Comet, and 3rd was Mike Fairman, Gull.

There was one delightful moment at the presentation, when the Race Officer pointed out that 13-year-old Ben Hawker (Comet 217) had actually won the third slow fleet race on handicap, beating Paul Lohr. There was a big Welly cheer, but unfortunately Ben was nowhere to be seen and wasn’t able to enjoy the applause and acclaim for winning his first ever club race at Stanborough.

Ben’s Dad, Simon Hawker, assisted Alan Pearce in the Safety Boat, which was much appreciated.

Left: The very moment that Ben Hawker nipped in to take the third race from Paul Lohr, just before they rounded the last mark before the hooter.

The weather was hot, but there was a light breeze which kept the fleet on the move. Ten boats battled round the heart-shaped course set by OOD Ian Stringer. They sailed two races back-to-back, followed by a coffee break, then a final race. Peter Thornley competed in his new Supernova in the event for the first time.

Ian and Jill Stringer ran the racing, ably assisted by Phil Walter and Pauline Shaw – well there WAS a lot of complicated hooting and noting of laps and times!

Merry-go-round at the bottom mark near the café - all good fun!

Roger Morse leads the Fast Fleet into the second lap

......because this is what happened next

(Enlarge the image to see the public spectators in the background!)

......while Jill and AOD Phil Walter keep a check on the race action

A rare but very welcome visitor - Morag Campbell, down from Aberdeen to see her brother, Dave.

OOD Ian Stringer and his able assistant, Jill

Should Ben have defended his position before Dave arrived?!.........

Dave Lambert and Nigel Davis make choices at the gate......

The sun shone for the Summer Regatta presentation