I was first and only Fifteen on the slipway yesterday for some time and thought that I’d be getting first place in the race until Dan and then Paddy turned up. But, hey, third would better than most weeks! All we needed now was some wind.
Two cups of coffee later and Jo and Ann, (yes, Fifteen sailors in the race-box yet again!) were still unable to set a course. The two knot gust from the north still hadn’t arrived. One lone Laser took to the water and drifted out slowly but then had to pump all the way back to shore. One by one the few boats that had come to sail were being packed up and, eventually, Jo hoisted the racing abandoned flag.
The wind still hadn’t come in by the time for the afternoon race which was a pity as Richard Page had brought his brand new Fifteen, number 4009, down for its first race. He did manage to launch and had a little drift around just to see what all the various bits of string did but didn’t experience what Fifteen sailing is really all about. Still, Richard, lets hope for more wind next week, and I will bring the Champagne glasses down just in case.
Hope to see several of you at the Waterside on Friday but, if you are planning on coming and not yet sent me your selection of menu choices, this is your last chance as I am letting them know tomorrow.