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The First Sail of the Year

Arden Sailing Club

Last Updated: Apr 7, 2015 02:27pm
Defford, Wychavon
By Dave Stephen
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Ten boats took to the water at Arden sailing club on Easter Sunday, each competitor keen to win a coveted prize of a chocolate Easter egg.  A very light, and intermittent breeze made for sailing that one helm called ‘challenging’, whilst others preferred the term ‘boring’! For some, it was the first sail of the year, so a time to get retuned to being on the water, though litte wind to blow the  cobwebs away.

It was symptomatic of the fluky conditions, that the five boats that made the noon start time for the first race, were joined by late riser David Yule in his Heron, who started over ten minutes late, but benefitted from a passing breeze to catch-up the fleet at the distance mark. 

Ralph Evans (Solo) finished first with the Enterprise of Stuart and David Stephen second and Malcolm Colledge (Comet) third. Late comers swelled the fleet to 10 for the second race. With Evans, and the Stephen’s again finishing first and second, and the Comet of Keith Stevens third. As with the first race, the OOD had to shorten the course, whilst the fitful wind meant that a number of boats failed to finish.

The  third and final race was even more frustrating with only Evans’ Solo and the Stephen’s Enterprise managing to complete the course – with the Stephen’s taking first place.  The OOD was kept busy bringing in boats that were slowly floating down stream as the gentle breeze died away to nothing. 

Overall placings put Evans first, the Stephen’s second and Terry Andrews (Comet) third, with the comets of Keith Stevens and Malcolm Colledge in joint fourth place.

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