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OSC Class Race Day
The bringing together of the Class Race Day and Allcomers’ Cup led to a full and exciting day on the River.
In the morning there were starts for Wayfarers, Lasers, Fevas, Mirrors, Toppers and 10 Footers most of whom sailed two races. The afternoon saw the magnificent sight of 23 boats of all sizes and classes, including two Hawks, all line abreast for the Allcomers’ Handicap Start.
Highlight of the day for the Race Officers was the breath taking sight of two 10 Footers running full steam ahead downwind for the finish neck and neck. Mary Goldin just pipped Doc - by one inch!
The timing of this event seemed right for maximum participation and the weather co-operated brilliantly. Add to that the efficient, hard-working and well organised Race Officers, Mike and Judith Shallow, ably assisted by Fiona Gerard, and the Safety Boat with Graham Hackett at the ‘helm’. Such was the turnout and wind strength that our ever-ready Commodore once more stepped into the breach and manned a second Safety Boat with Chris Gerard. Both boats were kept nice and busy, but the day was a resounding success for which many, many thanks on behalf of all competitors.
Youth and Junior Series 1,2 & 3
The few Juniors who took part in these series sailed very well and competitively in various conditions over a variety of courses. It is good to see the winners are 3 different ones and I decided to work out an overall winner for the combined 3 Series which has never been done before. It deservedly goes to Oliver Nisbet, so well done to him and all who raced without whom there wouldn’t be a champion! As you will note, the results were very close and the final results required the use of the tie-break. All competitors were Juniors so once again the Youth Trophies for the 3 Series will have to remain under wraps for another year! Many thanks to all the ODs and AODs and Safety Boat Teams.
Last of the Summer Wine
This 6 Race Series ran for three Wednesdays and because only two competitors turned up for the last evening, we decided to finish with one longish race instead of two short ones as before. A good course was set and the evening turned out to be the best of the day’s weather. Unfortunately the Raydon Mark had washed up on the bank, so we had to use ‘Tuesday’ as the substitute, but Doc wasn’t onboard otherwise we might have seen the whites of his eyes!
Peter Senior gets the Trophy for his good set of results over two out of the three evenings, so congratulations are due to him.
Many thanks to all the ODs and AODs and Safety Boat Crews who turned up to run the series alongside the Family evenings.