Brief "Alternative Regatta" Report by Michael Cox
Not to be defeated by Anemos' ill temper of Saturday 6th, which forced cancellation of the regatta, your committee determined to run an afternoon of extended club racing. The guest list might have been somewhat less extensive in terms of numbers, but it was certainly not lacking in competitive spirit.
Messrs Wilson, Clementson and Barr set variations on the old Olympic course, with plenty of triangles and sausages as our visitors from Ballyholme, EDYC and SLYC set about rigging.
Two races were planned each with three classes; Topper, GP14 & Menagerie, the later class forming a catch all for anything that wasn't either a GP or a Topper; hence the Miracles, Picos, Darts and lovely little RS Aeros found themselves in an arranged marriage of sorts, but one that somehow worked.
Once on the water the wind had a few more tricks to play, giving race officer Wilson a challenging time as he sought to lay marks and set a square start. Indeed the shifts forced a recall before conditions settled.
A more detailed report might record the usual GP 14 highlights such as sailing the wrong course, unfeasibly late port tacks at the windward mark, turns done, turns thought a but and not done and the usual "wacky races" antic os helms and crews old enough to know better. If such a report were to be of real journalistic interest it might also record the disappearance from the race area of a Club GP, last seen heading to Island Hill or the unusual tactic of packing a the club's smallest but most impressive windsurfer as additional ballast.
If such a report were to focus on the actual racing it would lead its readers to wonder at the occasional turn of speed of the Dart while reaching, the beauty of a Miracle under three sails not to mention the sheer good fun to be had in a Pico. NSC were fortunate to welcome Brian Spence from McCready's with a brace of RS Aeros, and to see Brian sail one so well while the Club Commodore sailed the other and did so in a manner that was better than should be expected of a windsurfer.
The stars of the day were of course the travelling Toppers of SLYC. These youngsters put on a great show of racing, only to be rewarded by not only being bombarded with chocolate bars as they crossed the finish line, but also by taking turns to play in an RS Aero. I'm sure Santa will be finding another addition to his lists!
And so to the results, awards and suchlike:
The GP Fleet was won by Curly Morris, crewed by Laura McFarland
The Menagerie by Brian Spence
& the Toppers by Henry Greer, with two wins, ahead of Amy & Adam, with Emma and Sarah also meriting mentions.
1st Pico was John Borne
1st Miracle - James Barbour &
1st Dart - Mitch Chambers
A special thank-you to Adele Greer fro arranging the Toppers, to Rebecca Jeffrey for the EDYC crews and to Brian Spence for bringing the new toys. And last but by no means least the committee members and particularly the WAGs thereof for refreshments and eternal tolerance. And finally no mention of an event at NSC should be complete without acknowledgement of the tireless work by Ian Clements, to whom we owe our safety boats, marks and suchlike.
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The conditions were Ideal with a nice onshore wind in a dropping tide. There were 9 races open to all. It was really good fun and enjoyed by all. There were two Juniors, member James and Elliot, a guest from England on his hols.
A big thanks goes to Gary Barr for running the racing and for doing a excellent job. Hopefully we will be running many more.
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