Today we had the interesting experience of racing between marks you couldn't see, hoping one of the other boats would stay sufficiently close that you didn't feel all alone in the world!
Once again there were several boats out both in the morning session and for the racing in the afternoon. Mike won the first race with Jason second (back in the Lightning this week), Jake third and Chris fourth. I arrived late having been to church parade and joined in for the second race. Jason was second again (after doing turns for hitting me at the second last mark) with Mike third, Jake fourth and Chris fifth. Alan did the duty with help from Tony.
It was lovely to be back on the water today for our special bonfire regatta. There were six boats out in total - four doing the first race, five the second and one just checking it would still float! Racing was close at times with three boats all trying to round number six buoy in the very limited space between it and the bank. The first race was won by Jake in his Topper with Ray second, Jason and Meg third (due to a late start as apparently the Commodore doesn't know how to rig his boat for him) and Chris fourth. Having done the duty for the first race, I joined in for the second and won it with Jake second, Jason and Meg third, Ray fourth and Chris fifth. Prizes were awarded to Jake (Celebrations), Ray (Jelly Babies) and Jason and Meg (Mars planets). The final regatta of the year will be on the Sunday of the Laying-Up Supper - more chocolates up for grabs then.
Don't forget that this Sunday is the next in our series of special regattas. There will be prizes awarded on the day and results will also count towards the Sunday series. All members are welcome to come along and take part. Racing will be followed with the AGM around 4pm - come along to hear plans for next year and give your views. This will be followed by Cameron's usual high quality firework display then pie and peas in the clubhouse.