You know you're getting old when your 15 year old daughter beats you in a regatta... So here goes - congratulations Megan for winning the End of Series Regatta and the Junior cup! (just let your Dad have a go next time). So how did that happen?
The great thing was that 3 of our juniors participated in the regatta with winds not dropping below a force 4 and often gusting to a 6 in the first race. The other great thing was that they were all showing us the way around the racecourse and not giving us any slack.
After launching (or self launching as Mark found with his Aero blown off its trolley and sliding into the water all on its own!), the Laser 4.7s of Harrison and Megan set off. Harrison caught Megan napping at the start and pulled out a 4 boat lead immediately only to be knocked down a few seconds later as a huge gust hit them. Megan made it first to the windward mark then stuck it in herself allowing Harrison to get back ahead. They then match raced at close quarters with a further synchronised capsize which Harrison managed to recover from quicker to pull out a few boat lengths. On the final lap Megan got caught out on the run and went swimming again allowing me to nip past on the final reach. Harrison ended up with a convincing win with me in second and Megan 3rd (with Steve Ward catching fast in 4th).
As the battered fleet returned to shore Tony decided to call it a day after a few cold capsizes and being the second boat of the day to blow off its trolley. Harrison decided it was time to get warm and packed up for the day. The rest of the fleet stocked up on warm drinks and cake from Tilly's and then went out for race 2 in slightly less squally conditions.
Megan made sure her start was spot on this time and sailed a near perfect race to hold Steve Ward off at the finish line with me not far behind. One of the race highlights was watching her laser plane into a flock of 300 sea gulls - quite a sight in the setting sun.
The fleet came in, warmed up, had a mince pie and all those who survived went home with a few bottles of wine and chocolates and some stories to tell on Christmas day.
Thanks to all who came for a sail and to those hardy souls who put in some hard graft in the morning to tidy the OOD hut, wash the flags, clear up litter, mow the grass, and generally keep on top of those never ending jobs that need doing!
Winter Series starts next weekend - I am on rescue duty so I hope to see some of you then.
Final Regatta results:
1st Megan Hardiman
2nd Simon Hardiman
3rd Steve Ward
Series results for the Autumn series can be seen on the Results tab on the website
(Thanks to Josh Oates for all the photos.)