A strong and gusty north westerly wind was not very tempting to the majority of members. There were a few younger, more adventurous members who were tempted, but dissuaded from venturing out. The water level is now on the rise again, and should have the level full by the new year.
Final results for the winter series are published here
Members enjoyed the mulled wine and Christmas fare, after the hardier members had pulled the pontoon and ramp back into the bank.
Happy Christmas to all sailors. We look forward to seeing you racing at the Icicle Series, which starts on the Sunday after New Year.
The wind was forecast from the south-west and medium to fresh this Sunday. This wind took some time to set in, with a 11.30 start to allow the wind to set in. Five boats started, but the slower, inexperienced, tail-ender boats started to sail the incorrect course. They were put straight by the Safety boat, but the lead Optimist still left out an important mark and scored a DSQ.
The second race was sailed back-to-back with three takers and three finishers, although the slower boats only sailed two laps to the winner’s four.
Another raw cold day this Sunday with a forecast wind of low teens from the north west. There was a nice wind when people arrived, but it slowly faded away for the start at 11:10. The light weather specialists soon opened out a lead, but it took over 31 minutes for the lead boat to complete one lap, so they were finished there. Fortunately for the slower boats, the wind steadily filled in for the slower boats to give them a chance to win on handicap. Young Oli Willmott took his first ever win over the Comet Trio of the Harlands.
There were fewer takers for race 2, but there was a steady wind from the north east. Several of the boats came to grief along the south bank by hitting obstructions below the surface. The water level is the lowest level all year now, and the south shore must be avoided at all costs.
All members are welcome to join us in the annual end of season Christmas Pudding Race. Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served once the race is over. See poster for details.
DSC Xmas Pud Poster 2018
It was a bright sunny day that was forecast for wind speeds in the mid teens from the east. The wind was delayed in arriving, and never reached the predicted speeds, so there was some searching for the shifty wind up the beat. The low level of the water did not make things easier, with a large wind shadow at the dam end.
There were several youngsters to add to the usual suspects for the day, one coming all the way from Crewkerne in south Somerset.
Here thanks to Dan Wright are a few pictures of today’s sailing.
Why not come and join us next Sunday.
The uptake for the winter series has not been that great so far, it would be good to see more members participating.
If you want to get some exercise and fresh air in your lungs or just a cup of tea and a chat come and join us next Sunday.
Five boats competed on a sunny Remembrance Day race in sun and a fresh south westerly breeze. Dan Langdon was forced to retire near the end of the first lap when his kicking strap broke. The remaining four boats were grateful to last to the end of the full race, but only two were looking for a second race. As three starters are required for a race, boats were packed away for the day.
The first day of the 2018 Winter Series produced less wind than forecast from the south east, and the rain stayed light mizzle until later during the second race. Four dedicated boats made a delayed start and sailed two races back-to-back.