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The Hailer - Autumn 2017

National 12 Open

 
In race number one there was a beating start and Meds & Dan Meadowcroft led off the start line. We were sailing in light conditions so it was more of a drift than a race. There was lots of place shifting round the bottom mark and again on the run. Graham Camm & Zoe Ballantyne pulled into the lead by sailing on the outside of the bend, travelling further but in more breeze. They went on to win.

Race number two got off to a busy start with one general recall and a postponement for a paddle streamer to pass through the fleet. On the third try the fleet got it right – finally! I would like to tell you that we set of with the wind in our sails – but I can't. What little wind we had was behind us so the fleet started on a run. The Meadowcrofts led the start but then Jon Ibbotson & Rachel Smith got breeze on the far shore and pulled into the lead. Then obviously they had to be overtaken by the boats in the middle of the fleet.

Graham Camm, sailing with daughter Anya, got wind on the port shore and rocketed into the lead closely followed by John & Bryony Thornton. But on the way back down the river the breeze went onto a run again. Then the wind filled in from behind so the fleet caught up with both the Camms and Thorntons. The wind carried the attacking boats forwards and they were carried by their momentum so the fleet was inverted with the Meadowcrofts taking the lead. The Thorntons continued to sail well and caught up with the Meadowcrofts again for a photo finish with the Thorntons clinching the win.
Graham Camm, sailing with daughter Anya, got wind on the port shore and rocketed into the lead closely followed by John & Bryony Thornton. But on the way back down the river the breeze went onto a run again. Then the wind filled in from behind so the fleet caught up with both the Camms and Thorntons. The wind carried the attacking boats forwards and they were carried by their momentum so the fleet was inverted with the Meadowcrofts taking the lead. The Thorntons continued to sail well and caught up with the Meadowcrofts again for a photo finish with the Thorntons clinching the win. 
It bucketed down with rain at the start of the final race. The paddle steamer came back up the river but the race wasn't postponed again luckily. The wind died down again for the start. The Meadowcrofts led off the line again with the Camms hot on their heels. Steve Gent and Viv Roberts got a gust of wind and headed for the front, stopping the leaders from tacking for the buoy. But the Meadowcrofts did just squeeze around the windward mark which was very close to the start line.

Graham & Anya Camm sailed into the lead but as they headed up wind on the second lap disaster struck in the form of weed. They freed their rudder quickly but had lost valuable ground to the Thorntons now in second place.

There were two horn blasts and a lot of confusion. A dog had fallen overboard from a motor boat – luckily he had a doggy life jacket on. There was a great kerfuffle with the motor boat drifting sideways down the river, blocking many of the racers. There was also a lot of barking but the dog was finally reunited with his owners back on-board again. The Camms went on to win the race and the Henley Rose Bowl. 
Graham and Anya Camm are presented with the Henley Rose Bowl. 

Intermatch Shield

 
On the morning of Saturday 22 July the much-awaited Thames Inter-Shield Match was finally begun. Dorchester Sailing Club were the kind hosts, laying on OOD, safety crew and a friendly welcome. (They we're also kind enough to lend a top section for a Laser mast when ours had been left at Henley!). Six boats and accompanying sailors from Abingdon Sailing Club also joined us for the three-way competition.

The changeable weather made for interesting sailing conditions ranging from beautifully sunny to a breezy wind finishing with a torrential downpour - all in one race! There was a slight change to the scheduled racing with only one race occurring before an early lunch followed by three races in rapid succession, in ever decreasing wind.
Tim Haigh in the Enterprise, crewed by the ever-enthusiastic Peta Bowyer, took best-placed boat from Henley in all 4 races. Roux Kerr had a great first race finishing only one point behind his dad, Graeme. Pip was also going well until a technical fault with his Topper meant he had to retire.

As there were only 4 boats from Henley, the scoring was amended to score the top 4 boats from each club. The home advantage of Dorchester was evident in the first couple of races but the visiting teams were catching noticeably - and even starting to overtake in the final two races! All credit to the mustered team from Henley who raced stoically to the very end. With a little more experience, we would be a force to be reckoned with!

Presentations with tea and cake ended an enjoyable day. It was agreed between all three clubs that it was a date that should be put in the sailing calendar for next year - this time at Abbey Sailing Club.

Youth Fleet


Our third Youth Fleet Meet received positive feedback by all who attended - children and adults! Five children were out on the water for the whole afternoon honing their sailing skills in a variety of boats. We had two Toppers, a Laser, the Pico and a Blue Peter on the river. The youngsters took turns sailing and swimming between boats as well as collecting ducks, battling the crocodile and passing the cutlass. A big ‘well done’ to Digby and Sam who sailed solo for the first time. Throughout the afternoon, both Toppers were confidently capsized and then righted several times. It was definitely a good idea to wear wetsuits!
As always, the youngsters were rewarded for the hard-work by tea-time pizzas and garlic bread (they were so hungry we had to do an emergency dash to get extra). Thanks to Debbie for making the delicious cakes for pudding.

Club Championship

A closely contested battle between the usual sailors on a mild autumn day with a perfect westerly wind. Tony Bottomly set a straight reach, all marks to port except B mark, which made for some interesting bunching of the fleet especially in the second race at the second bouy. Nice to see the Vice Ccommodore Adam on the water in a club Laser as well as the most junior member of the fleet Pip Kerr in a Pico giving the other boats a run for their money. The light westerly winds held through out three races. The commodore Carol Stitson fresh back from her holidays crewed Tim Haigh in his Enterprise.

The officer of the day chose to Pull F mark out of the first race after the first lap, which lead to his effective use of the Megaphone reminiscent of a London station and the working week which breaks up this blissful idyll. Katy Cadwallader sailed well as did Jeffery Manning in his Phantom leading the first two races. The third race seemed to belong to Christ Gent in his colourful wooden craft. Indeed it was nice to see the wooden boats holding their own against the new plastic hulls. Three Phantoms sailed by Tristan Haigh, Allan Cadwallader and Jeff Manning made up a mini fleet not often seen. It seemed to this observer at least, to be perfect conditions for these single handers, with their large sails.

In the third race Richard Conway Jones battled away in his old craft but gave up at tea time owing to a slight cold and ill fitting wetsuit. Teas were provided by Roux Kerr and a good time was had by all on account of the surprisingly mild weather, perfect winds and very late summer sunshine.
Upcoming sailing dates for your diary...

Sunday 22 October at 11 - Summer is gone and the Winter Warmer series starts. Brrrrrr.  

Saturday 28 October at 4.30 - Youth Fleet Awards. Like the Oscars, but with bangers and mash.
 
Upcoming social dates for your diary...

Sunday 3 December at 12.30 - the Christmas Party. Will Santa make an appearance?

Sunday 10 December at 10 - the Winter Working Party. Don't be a scoudrel, come and pack up your own boat! 

 
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