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Bryden Retires after Two Laps

Poor Race Conditions for Arden Sailors

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2015 09:58am
Defford, Wychavon
By David Stephen
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Not the best start of the day due to the poor weather, 5 Arden Sailing club members took to the water facing moderate winds with strong gusts for the first of the 2 races.

OOD David Stephen set the 4 lap course around the long 3 buoy course whilst Miranda Chance undertook the role of assisting. For us spectators Stuart Stephen provided much entertainment in the laser normally sailing an Enterprise, having capsized on at least 3 separate occasions after a strong first lap. 

David Bryden in the Heron had a poor start and forgot what the course was and retired after only 2 laps.  Tricia Wood in 1 of the Comets was a bit too eager to start the race and was several boat length past the start line when the horn went and also managed to do a dry capsize around the ‘Gybe’ buoy.  The results for the race were Simon Newman (Solo) 1st, Tricia Wood (Comet) 2nd, Keith Stevens (Comet) 3rd, Stuart Stephen (Laser) 4th and David Bryden (Heron) DNF.  During the race Alan Dixon and Mel Smith were happily sailing up and down the river between Nafford and Strensham Lock in their new canoes.  

With the wind slightly dying for the second race only 4 boats started the race.  This time Simon was very keen to start the race and was just over the line when the horn blew.  The boats quickly spread out and they completed the 4 laps in 42 minutes the results are Tricia Wood (Comet) 1st, Simon Newman (Solo) 2nd, Keith Stevens (Comet) 3rd and David Bryden (Heron) 4th.

Over the weekend Arden sailing club also welcomed 20 of the Worcester scouts, who canoed from Wyre Mill to the club on Saturday and then tried their hand at sailing in the trick conditions.

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