Thank you to everyone who struggled through the snow to make it to the dinner last Saturday (and to all those who set off but then sensibly decided to turn back). Particular thanks to Barbara, Alan and Hazel who had to carry the prizes up the hill to somewhere accessible by car. Thank you also to Tony and Ronwen for organising all the prizes before abandoning us for sunnier cliFor those of you who didn't make it, look out for a full list of prizewinners in the newsletter (and if you are one of them, your prize is with either me or Barbara).
It was really good to see so many of you brave the snow to come to the laying up supper (some people walking down the hill rather than risk driving). It was particularly good not to have to cancel three years in a row.
For those of you who took home Steve's food quiz and have spent the entire Christmas driving your friends and family mad with it - the answers are given below:
Prepared by S J Hodgson
(1) PA won’t but ……… Marmite
(2) Stationary traffic Jam
(3) Unwelcome 3rd Gooseberry
(4) Hot stuff sounds cool Chilli
(5) Effeminate walk Mince
(6) To encourage Egg
(7) Radio amateur Ham
(8) Hole in the bucket Leek
(9) Electric stream Currant
(10) Golfers’ starter Tea
(11) Insignificant article Trifle
(12) To idle Loaf
(13) Little Patricia Pate
(14) Awful cheek! Sauce
(15) Raise your glasses Toast
(16) Half a big car Rolls
(17) Popeye’s girl Olive
(18) Motorway junction Spaghetti
(19) Grumble Grouse
(20) Sorceress on beach Sandwich
(21) Expert knows them well Onions
(22) Married Sybil Basil
Perhaps the snow on the ground should have given us a clue but we finally realised it was too cold for sailing when we had ice forming on the decks of our boats by the end of the second race! Apart from that, it was a great day for a sail and a good end to 2011. Looking forward to starting again in February. Happy New Year
_We are sad to report the death of Tom Richardson on 2nd December. Tom was a long-standing member of the club and was part of the committee for many years. Most recently, Tom was the newsletter editor; a job he carried out with skill and grace. Tom was a friend to all who knew him and will be sadly missed.
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.
Good news - all this rain means that we now have enough water to start sailing again from this weekend. Hope people can make it.
The water had risen further but we feared this week's forecast good weather might cause it to drop back. I will visit on Sunday and if it's still above the bottom of the slipway, we could start back the following week if there are enough people around. (Unfortunately I cannot be there for the next 3 weeks.)