Bringing People Together
We had an exciting sail this Sunday. April bringing forth intrepid Hampton Sail Club sailors! Sunday morning gave us some benign sunshine with a nice fresh south westerly about F3, giving a good beat to D mark up river and then a longish run to I mark off Garrick's Temple. Three Enterprises out with a welcome return of the Flying Dutchwoman. Also out three Comets, one Merlin, one GP (all single handed) and the GP14 avec Le Chapeau Du Cowboy, more of which later! Little gusts and some gentler lulls, when the sun came out, made for some interesting racing. The GP and the Ent, crewed by birthday boy (photo herewith) who performed magnificently, had a terrific battle for the lead and when the said Chapeau came adrift and had to be recovered the leading boats spirits soared. But it was not to be. All agreed a fantastic sail, followed by a mini pin of London Pride, dispensed by the Aviator, and a hearty rendering of Happy Birthday.
And its going to be sunny tomorrow :-)
Ah! Was the wedding the pirate themed event I was spotting from my perch overlooking the club on Friday - my little girl was miffed that she wasn't able to lay claim to the plastic cutlass which she found in High Street on Saturday morning. Possibly it could have belonged to a reveller, possibly 'it could have been dropped by a little boy'
Thwarted four year olds are never difficult to distinguish from a little ray of sunshine!
Amelia Goodwin said:
Our Regatta was an outstanding success so congratulations to all involved in its organisation. Also a long and happy life together for the Big Love's newlyweds, who got married the day before.Saturday produced a master blaster and a 'risk assesment' ! The wind blew a hooligan from the SSW and the risk assessment suffered a bit of a blow as Merlin son and Dad, dressed in smart casual (what!) stormed up from the Church Land in their Premier Class and then blasted back again with nary a splash.It was however only for the experienced, brave or foolhardy as the stream was running at a rapid lick. Only one Ent out - with a storm main which did three heart stopping laps and retired. The Aviator went out in a borrowed Comet, very appropriate, and survived in his usual inadequate sailing stuff. Well that is until his arrival after the race when a distinctive loop was performed for all in the Club to admire. The wet suit is uncomfortable - he says! A few GP's raced but either went the wrong way or capsized. The Commodore, with expert and athletic Enterprise crew, won both races in ferocious conditions. No Ents out in the second race but one went out in a Comet and submarined around the course after a rather premature start. There were a few Premiers out and a RS Feva. At one stage the wind gusted at over 40 mph and that is probably one of the times when one fell in and the other sprung onto the upturned hull.Sunday did not exactly come in like a lamb, more like a lion cub half grown. But with a SW wind now considerably moderated we had three excellent and close fought races. In our Enterprise fleet 7 out, so a good showing - well done fleet. Crewing was plucky, dedicated and enjoyable for them and their respective helms. I deliberately don't give results because you can see them on the HSC Web but in the last race the two winners were inches from each other to the line.Great Regatta all round even though the tent moaned, shook and flapped it proved its value and stability.
Yes that was the happy couple tying the knot ;-) Sorry about the pirate litter, it was probably a reveller, it would have been an unclaimed cutlass, which would have been very happy to have found a more appreciative home. Tonight we welcome the more civilised Hampton Society ;-) I'm on bar duty. Have a lovely blustery weekend, the sailing should be fun tomorrow lunchtime. Amelia