Topper Comes Out On Top

Arden Sailing Club Pursuit Series

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2014 08:56pm
Defford, Wychavon
By Robin Evans
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On a day of very strong winds and after much debate over tea and cake five intrepid souls took to the water in what could only be described as tricky conditions. The starting line up consisted of a Laser with a full size sail (never going to end well), a Laser radial (with rigging issues but should be ok once underway), a daughter`s Comet helmed by a father (convinced it will be fine in this wind), an Enterprise with a full set of sails with a very keen (but very light) crew, and finally a Laser sailor who thought just for a laugh he would take the club`s Topper out for a spin (oh dear).
After the first lap Williams in the Laser thought better of it and retired (sensible move), this left four individuals determined to tough it out. The lead changed several times as a result of dinghy's capsizing, at one time both helm and crew of the Enterprise were seen perched like drying Cormorants on top of their capsized hull. The Comet performed several pirouettes lay on its side minus the driver before Evans remounted and finished the race in second place. After a little essential maintenance alongside the jetty and with a lap already completed by the other boats  the second Laser left the jetty with Campbell on board and moved steadily into a highly commendable third place. But the outstanding performance of the day went to David Stephen in the club Topper who despite capsizing numerous times romped home into first place at an incredible rate of knots; so pleased with his victory the helm performed a lap of victory for the onlookers resulting of course in capsizing yet again.....


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