Sunday 17th June was chosen to represent to 60th anniversary of the club’s foundation but gave overcast skies and a fresh breeze for sailing for the first Sunday in several sunny weeks however it encouraged a big turnout for the youth training.

Past Commodores had been invited so it was nice to see at least four around and a small display of past photos was mounted on the notice board.

Optimists, Toppers and Lasers all seemed to be enjoying the sailing conditions with the lake full of boats and watchers on the shore getting prepared for the Father’s Day race.  Club boats were available for hire and were quickly booked up.  The race was organised by Penny and Angie and involved two RIBs containing plastic balls to be transferred by the sailors.  The fathers and children were split into two teams with boats sailing backwards and forwards in figures of eight giving plenty of opportunity for the traditional water fight.

After half an hour the wet sailors came ashore for lunch with the children declared the winners.  Jackie and her helpers provided a rolling fare of pulled pork and rolls, which all got woofed down despite the lack of sun on the outside benches.

The day had been planned to try to encourage all club members to mingle so there was just one race in the afternoon with the aim of trying to get 60 boats on the water for 60 minutes whatever their skill level including those staying on after the morning training and those who normally race on Sunday afternoons.  Well we didn’t quite achieve 60 boat but we probably had 60 people at the club.  Some of the juniors started to chill down after being dowsed by water so retired to the shower but on a sunnier day might have joined in but a few new members came.

The wind was a perfect direction on the lake so Ian Matthews, the experienced race officer, was able to set a course from the race hut around the newly positioned yellow race marks, taking the sailors on a tour of the lake.  The conditions were challenging enabling planing at times with a few capsizes, including Ben in the leading Solo entangling the RS 200 in the process,  and 60 minutes proved a lengthy time to keep going, with more capsizes after the finishing hoot.  The race officer and his assistants recorded everyone’s finish time and worked out the handicap times using our Sailwave programme enabling prizes to be awarded following tea and drinks in the clubhouse, which was full of cheerful members.

Tom thanked the race team, safety boats, SYT organisers, galley and everyone who took part, with an encouragement to the Juniors for the horizons that sailing can offer through life.

A full set of results will be published on the club’s website but the prize winners were:

Slow handicap: 1st Tim Byford (Topper), 2nd Izzy Brearly and Matilda Asquith (Vision), 3rd Evie and Jasmine McQuillian (Quba)

1st lady: Sarah Andersen (Laser), 1st Junior: Hugo Asquith

Foolishness: Chris Davey (capsizing and nearly sinking),

Endeavour: Christine Drummond and Tim Murdock (sharing a Pico and enduring bruised toes)

Overall; Solos again proved competitive taking the top 7 places with Ian Campbell just beating his son Tom on Father’s Day and Tim Wade 3rd

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