Saturday 16th December was a cold and crispy but sunny morning which accounted for the lack of competitors; also the start of the first was due at 0900. With a delay of 16 minutes owing to some still sleepy unshaven sailors tardiness the race committee got the racing under way. 7 competitors led by the class captain were given 5 two lap races. The weather was clement the wind blowing a steady 8-12 knots from West to Norwest or 270-310. Needless to say all 5 five races were won by Mark Downer but the racing for the lower order was very competitive.

The points were awarded as follows

  1. Mark Downer 5 points
  2. Alistair Speare Cole 16 points
  3. Admiral Robin Ebsworth 20 points
  4. Andrew Eddy 22 Points
  5. Mike Toogood 22 points
  6. Jonathan N-Luxmore 25 points
  7. Charlie N-Luxmore 35 points

 

The next day Sunday 17th December racing was due at 0930 there was a delay caused by tardiness and a lack of wind. The race committee was graced by the Class Captain Mark Downer and a bar of chocolate. The day started cold still freezing but overcast. The wind was a light I-3 knots flicking around between 180 and 270. The first race got under way slowly it was only for the patient and those with new sails after the first lap; the windward marks were brought in to shorten the length of the course. Bruce Huber won the race with Mike Toogood coming second and Justin Biddle 3rd. After readjusting the course the second race started at 1040 it was won by Philip Bown with Justine Biddle 2nd and Bruce Huber 3rd. The wind had now picked up to 6 knots and backed to a southerly the committee boat moved to accommodate a better course. All marks  re-laid the leeward marks were place just off the Duvver close to the dog walkers and their dogs. the class captain who had by this time taken over the responsibility of the mark laying was hoping to see if a friendly canine would take the helm. The next two races were won by Bruce Huber with Richard Ambler and Justine Biddle 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the last race 3 boats failed to compete owing to a Christmas lunch at the Bembridge Sailing Club.

The points for the day were as follows.

 

    1. Bruce Huber 5 points
    2. Justine Biddle 11 points
    3. Philip Bown 18 points
    4. Richard Ambler 20 points
    5. Andrew Eddy 22 points
    6. Alastair Speare Cole 23 pointts
    7. Mike Toogood 25 points
    8. Jonathan N-Luxmore 32 points
    9. Admiral Robin Ebsworth 34 points
    10. Charlie N-Luxmore 35 points

The class had an honourable showing on Wednesday 13th night on More 4 in Penelope Keith’s Coastal Villages. Next weekend 23/24 Decembear is the Christmas Cracker regatta.

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