What a brilliant day !
Gorgeous hot, sultry weather – warm Trimpley winds and plenty of sailors and friends celebrating the club’s 50th milestone. It was so good to see many “silver sailors” join us to sit in the shade and remember days past – nothing seems to have changed !
Some sailing did take place. The Commodore’s Challenge Fun Race saw seventeen boats ( 27 sailors ) of all classes sail a lap around the pond and then turn to sail back the other way. The race was comfortably won by Ralph and Alice Webb. The first Laser was Craig Chadderton and Matt Chadderton came in first for the Toppers.
The Ladies Plate was contested by ten ladies ( one of the best turnouts for years ). It included singlehanded boats as well GPs. A monumental tussle between Alice Webb and Michelle Whitehouse ended with Michelle winning by just seven seconds.
(Well done also to Elaine Bethell, Pat Stout, Helen Chadderton, Scarlett Holland , Jo Jones, Linda Holmes, Charlotte Spokes, and Serena Gammond )
The final race in the evening involved six sailors competing for the glory of winning the Commodores’ Cup. As the winds eventually died to a whisper, four boats managed to complete the course with Ralph Webb and crew, junior sailor Toby Gammond winning by 30 seconds from Norman and Hazel Quarry. Simon and Tom Fletcher suffered as the winds died to come in third and John Cookson and Josh Spokes limped home in fourth place. Jonathan Websdell and Scarlett Holland and Ray Drury and Chris Rees decided to paddle home after the wind vanished and left then marooned.
Great food , tasty BBQ all served up by Linda and her stalwart crew and a win for England against Sweden rounded off a superb day – let’s do it again for the 51 st anniversary.
Pictures to follow.