Puddle Pursuits – early September

Whilst necessary work being carried out on the reservoir along with our best summer in 10,000 years has resulted in a very low level of water, sailing at the club continues to be enjoyed by many.
Eight boats took to the water on Saturday (03/09) for Young People’s Saturday Sailing (YPSS). It was a tad muddy when launching but everyone worked together to make it easier. Sailors were blessed with light southerly winds so most people stayed upright. Once on the water, coach Henry Goodman had everyone sailing between two marks – when he blew the whistle everyone changed direction. This made for interesting sailing and made everyone think about who had the right of way around the mark and whether they were on port or starboard or had an overlap. After tea break, there were three short races. Steve Hill and John Lamb won two races with the other going to Ian Asquith in his Topaz. Thanks as always to Stuart Watson for setting the courses and Phil Hopley for helping on the safety boat. There will YPSS next Saturday (10/09), water and wind allowing.
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Sunday saw eleven boats on the water, enjoying a solid Force 3 southerly wind for the first race followed, after a short break ashore, by two back to back races in winds of Force 2. Moreover the sun shone and it was warm. Kevin Holmes (Streaker) completed a clean sweep for the day, winning all three races. Kevin Brennan (Laser Radial) took second place in races 1 & 2 before Henry Goodman found his mojo to take second place in race three, this after breaking his mast in the first race of the day.
Next week the fun continues.
Finally, could we ask all sailors to make sure any water in their sailing boots is returned to the reservoir after sailing – every little helps.