Dinghy Racing – October 11

As the group of avid sailors sat near the picnic table but far from each other, enjoying unseasonably warm weather, “Jeremiah” Holmes reminded us that we have just 7 more Sundays left to enjoy before the snow comes. And of course the usual complaints returned, as whenever the water is full-to-overflowing – about the lack of rigging space! And where does all that loose timber washing onto the shore come from anyway, and how old is it? How many thousands of years is it since there were trees on Warley Moor? And where are the geese? Or more importantly where is the goose-poo? Perhaps that isn’t timber after all…

With a near-constant backdrop of whining 2-stroke engines from the quarry and from the moor itself almost a dozen craft took to the water. Duncan Bladon’s windsurfing session was always a little ambitious although the wind did pick up a little, while Dave Walker’s experience in the second race was very frustrating for him: having kindly offered to OD for the first session he sailed the second race (thanks to Kevin Brennan standing in), but by the time DW actually hit the start line the wind had died, and his success of the previous week – mistakenly understated by Your Correspondent – was not to be repeated. In that race Jeremiah was well beyond the reach of William Redman’s Radial, after William had romped home in the first session with no-one even within hailing distance. And welcome to yet another Kevin – Kevin Rivett – our newcomer via Perth (no the other one, Down Under) sailing his Mirror dinghy whose presence in the second race was influential in the result. Based on the pursuit handicap “bible” the Mirror’s starting slot is in a different time zone…

Oh, and I almost overlooked the real highlights. Two excellent contenders were impossible to separate so Own-Goal of the Day (O’GOD) is shared. In the delightful moderate wind under clear blue skies our much-loved HonSec eventually worked out the correct way to round No 6, at the third attempt, whilst Jeremiah Holmes demonstrated, in front of the largest crowd of the year so far, why only youth sailors attempt reach the pontoon via the foredeck. A swallow dive that would have graced Ninja Warrior UK (ITV: Saturday 4pm)!

Come along next week: who knows what fun may be had!

MP