Thursday 11th August

Chef Browns idea to use up the remaining BBQ stock on Thursday evening with an impromptu BBQ proved so popular that he had to visit the butcher for more supplies! The weather obviously helped with sunshine and temperatures in the twenties….again. The evening proved a great success with many helping out with the food prep and cooking. We also discovered Don is a talented BBQ-er who spent some time overseeing the cooking, resulting in delicious burgers, sausages, chicken and lamb.

Neat circle of sausages Don ! Jackson waiting patiently for any spillages

The evening proved so popular that discussions are underway for a Pizza and Pimms night on the last Thursday evening of the series in two weeks time. We will keep an eye on the weather and if favourable we have two pizza ovens lined up for some freshly cooked pizzas after sailing.

Cooking over, time to eat

And talking about sailing yes we did some, we had a good turn out with fourteen boats venturing out, a warm F2 from the NE. Four of the five club boats were in action which is probably a record. A mixture of RS’s (400. 500 & Vareo’s), four Lasers, two Solutions, D-One, Contender Phil and Harry in his Topper. The tide was strong which rather dictated the beat. Timing the tack out to sea to round the windward mark proved crucial, some were too earlier resulting in extra time in the tide, some over cautious and fetching to the mark, which was the safer and faster option.

In the first race the two 400’s led the fleet round the two lap course. Team Ed crossing the line first but not far enough ahead of Dave (Laser) and Richard (Solution) to hold their time.

Race two saw some close racing with boats appearing to meet at every mark rounding. Team Ed were again first over the line closely followed by Dave and Phil & Lorna. Once sailwave had done its magic Dave was first, Richard second and Don, sailing the club Solution third. Credit must go to Harry for completing the course, making way over the strong tide in the Topper took some concentration and patience!

A fantastic moon lighting up the evening

Many thanks to Nick and Sarah for running the racing and to Chef Brown’s suggestion of the BBQ, a most enjoyable evening of sailing, eating and mardling was had by all.

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