Race report and week summary

Sunday 20th September 2015

It seems a while ago now since we first started to promote and organize this years Bart’s Bash with many emails and Facebook promotions along with a lot of phone calls and elbow pulling to organise sponsors and prize donations along this year with a fabulous amount of cakes to sell which were very filling and went down very well by a lot of hungry sailors as they came off the water.

When though you have a day like we had at the Sailing Club supporting this great charity and having a lot of fun at the same time, all the hard work seems to melt away and it turns into an achievement to be proud of supported by a lot of club members in pulling together and resulting in raising the sum of £625.00 which will be donated to “The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation”.

We have somehow managed this year to create a very helpful group of people who have a love of sailing into a team that has a real buzz of enthusiasm around the dinghy park and today it was no exception.

Even when I turned up to open the club at 8.30am there was a family from Burnley waiting on the door step informing me that they were on holiday and had seen the Facebook reports and wanted to join in of which they did and had an excellent day with a very generous donation towards Bart’s when they left for being made so welcome which cannot be bad.

Heywood’s the local butcher’s helped sponsor us with a very generous price on their world famous Slinger sausages which Bodil had the task of cooking and turning into a great profit which went down very well and especially at half time during the rugby, there was a big queue.

A very helpful team of ladies set the cakes out and proceeded to sell at great haste to the many waiting customers along with generous amounts of tea and coffee which of course was boosting the profits for Bart’s.

We had suggested that again we would sail in fancy dress and again the members turned up in some great costumes ranging from Gandalph, pirates, romans, a few 118 118’s, but best of all and chosen by Terry who made the trophy for best fancy dress went to Rosie Mammatt in her lobster outfit which must have been fun to sail in.

John Hollies was our OOD along with John Griffiths as we needed a good bit of race organising experience due to the expected number of boats that may turn up, and we were not wrong as 30 boats in all forms of class and fancy dress made it through the harbour in some very light conditions to start with but that was soon to change.

There was a lot of drifting and flapping sails as we waited for the forecast to bring us the wind as promised. On exiting the harbour we were faced with the sight of five club cruisers sort of jockeying around the start line ready for the off and that is not a normal sight for us dinghy sailors. The hooter went and the flags went up and off went the cruisers to make a lot more space ready for the dinghies and their start.

An Amroth – Monkstone – Harbour course was the order of the day and yes the wind was starting to fill in which made it a lot easier to keep some of the many pirates that seemed to be around at bay and not to be prematurely boarded.

James had an excellent start in the Phantom and must have looked back at this pack of boats loaded with all sorts of dressed up characters trying to keep up with his wake. He seemed to have a couple of Romans in an RS200 buzzing him not too far behind along with the Contenders helmed by Simon and Maurice determined to hang on in winds that maybe did not suit them best today.

A good turn out of juniors all dress up which made a great spectacle and certainly brightened up what was possibly a dull sky and almost rain filled sky but that stayed away thankfully.

The cruisers by now had more wind to push them round and were mixing it very well with all the small dinghies at the turns which again was not normal but made it all very different. The wind filled in and a couple were struggling a bit but possibly by having the problem of hanging onto the palm tree in the boat or the wig falling off maybe or getting in the helms eyes and not being able to see.

In the end it was 2 laps for some and 3 for many but it was a very successful race and a good sight to see so many boats out in the bay which does not happen apart from Coppet Week. The many spectators lining the harbour who were there to watch the vintage motor cycles must have wondered what was going on as they saw us all sailing through the harbour.

The race was a very close finish and on corrected time by only 4 seconds David Plester was 1st in the Solo, 2nd James Hayden in the Phantom, 3rd the two Romans in the RS 200 Paul and Julia Griffiths.

1st Lady was Jo and her crew Ben in the Laser 4000

1st Junior in the Topper was Lloyd Mamatt

1st Cruiser Ray Smith

After the race and all the boats were packed away it was back to the clubhouse for some excellent food and drink with an expectant crowd well pleased by all the raffles and prizes to be given away but of course with many donations going to the charity Bart’s.

A good crowd then settled down to the big screen and watched a great game of rugby between Wales and Uruguay along with loads of cakes and beer and hot dogs which cannot be a bad end to a great day. Thanks to all the helpers and members who turned up in good numbers to support this event.

SSC Xmas Dinner

I know you may say that’s a long way off but a willing group of volunteers have got together and are organising a Xmas meal on December 4th. More information will become available on the website and of course Facebook so please support this by booking your tickets early. You can contact Jo Musson or Nina Mammatt down at the club.

Next racing

It is fancy dress away and normal club racing next Sunday 27th which starts at 16.30 and consists of 2 races.