Ice on the windscreen yesterday morning as I was loading up the car and no wind. Arrived at Bewl and ice on the boat cover and no wind. However, six of us took our boats down to the slipway but only Eric and Bill took the cover of theirs…. and that was only to step the mast that had been taken down to mend the Hawk. Coffee time again.
However, the race officer was determined to set a course and took the committee boat out to try and set a beat into the zephyr of a north wind that was drifting the mist over the lake. Finally he settled on a position and eventually a few of the lighter boats drifted out towards the start-line. By this time five of us had decided that racing was going to be too much of a slow procession around the course and were putting our boats back in the boat-park. Chris and Glynn, nevertheless, launched Chocoholic and were last seen making for the committee boat determined to get a first place on their record. By the time I had got home and was unloading the car, a gentle breeze had come out of somewhere so they probably had an enjoyable sail in the end. And if we’d stayed for the afternoon it would probably been even better.
Annual dinner and prize-giving
By now I hope that you have all got the date of Saturday 17 November in your diaries for this event. I hope to be sending out a menu and asking for numbers and choices very soon. Several other friends who are not on this circulation list join us for this event so please pass the information on to them if you are in contact with any of them. All are welcome.
As next Sunday’s races complete the Autumn series, I would be grateful if those of you who won cups and trophies last year could return them to me or drop them off at the office as soon as possible thereafter so that I can arrange for them to be engraved with the new winners’ names in time for the dinner. I have attached a list of last year’s winners so that they can dig the silverware out of their lofts if that is where they have put them for safe-keeping.
The dinner marks the end of my two year term as your fleet captain. I know that those of you who haven’t taken on this responsibility will have been sleeping uneasy in your beds waiting for the press-gang to call in the middle of the night with the King’s shilling. Well, fear no more. For the next two years you will be getting two for the price of one. Robin and Gio are taking on the role jointly and I’m sure you will give them all the help and support that you have given me during my term of office.