Sunday 3 July 2016

We were pleased to welcome two members who sail at the Norwich club into the fleet of eight one metre yachts, the largest fleet the club has seen so far.  A light southwesterly wind saw commodore Nick set a diagonal course across the lake to take best advantage of the water that was not in the windshadow of the trees on the southern bank.

Obviously his buoy positions were not to everyone’s liking as one yacht had a go at hooking its keel on one of them and towing it around the lake. (Our buoys are temporary and quite light, requiring good field athletic skills to throw them a decent distance out into the lake each Sunday.)  Having sorted this all out and retrieved those competitors from the car park who seemed to think that they were just here for a pleasant Sunday chat, racing commenced.

It was immediately apparent that the Vinnie Zammit was in a class of his own with his V9, particularly on the upwind legs.  In fact Vinnie went on to win all eight races, although other yachts did manage to get close to him at times.  One of these was Andy who had a superb sail in his self-built wooden yacht to finish second in race two.  Just goes to show that you don’t need to have the latest and greatest high-tech hull to be competitive.

Our treasurer, David, put in some consistent performances to achieve second place overall.   Sadly our commodore Nick and webmaster Stuart let the club down by managing to achieve last or second to last in most races.  At least Nick had the excuse of equipment failure, Stuart had none, other than his usual “Lintels don’t go well in light airs”, but then neither does Stuart.

Overall a great days racing, with even the occasional attempt at playing dodgems around the buoys not taken too seriously.  The coffee and cake afterwards went down very well, and we look forward to welcoming more visitors and new members.