The August series of short back to back races continued to the finish on Monday this glorious Bank holiday weekend. 3 races on each of Saturday, Sunday and Monday, plus a brave few in drizzly conditions took on the Wednesday Evening challenge too.
So Saturday saw 23 boats on the water, a very mixed fleet, a theme right through the weekend. Competition on all 3 days for eager members enjoying the sunshine. It is clear it does not matter if you are Slow or Fast fleet, what matters is how you sail. Mike and young Logan Adams taking Dusty Miller and Andy Bullen, demonstrating a good few years of experience there in both boats.
There was a good Laser turn out, keeping the Supernova out of contention in all the 9 races. The lead changed between Bob Palmer [leaving his Miracle on the beach this weekend, Mike Copeman and Rob Harrison. John Reeves came back from a 7th place in the St Leonards Clubs Open racing on Saturday to take a good second, impressive in view of his bionic knee. It is presumed the metallic ballast assists stability of the boat, if not John himself.
In the Slow fleet,Neil Smith in the Europe took ngood advantage of rival Richard Eagleton’s absence over the weekend, taking a very good lead in more than one of the races, in fact 6 of them! Janet Panzecci took 2 wins and Steve Boniface, very pleased with himself took first in race 6.
The cadets were out with Malcolm Brookes training prior to racing on Saturday, and that training paid off with great enthusiasm all weekend. Logan Adams taking a first in the boat on trial, a Hartley, over the normally successful Shaun Washer [Topper], in race 7, and in front of Oliver Brookes [Comet], race 4, 5, 6. However Shaun came back in race 9 , and performed well amongst the overall fleet. The promise shown by the young cadets continues, and with them having a really fun experience in the process.
The Clubhouse was buzzing with observers enjoying the sunshine and racing, which included a number of novices gaining on water experience, perfecting the “Bexhill technique”. So interested? Call in when the flags flying!