The sailors rushed to the water this weekend as the weather finally turned favourable for a pleasant afternoon without gale force winds, rain, fog, mist, no snow or sleet, but nearly every other condition known to prevent sailing..
Out on the course the yachts were few and far between, but Wistari made an historic showing clueing us that "it must be Championship" .
Tony and the crew on Intriigue and Lex and the guys on Doctors Orders made a good fast run for the line, while Rob Auty and team on Solitaire broke before the barrier and retired to repair a foreleg .. or forstay in this case!
The dinghy fleet made their way across the channel to the Quoin Basin
While the big boys got it started..
Intriigue took a few practise runs at the line..
Tony led the charge across the start line ..
Wistari and Doctor's Orders pushed them along
the challenge was on...
.. and Sepia suits her..
Then it was over to the dinghy fleet in the chop hanging precariously
to the sides of the red rib as Colleen " let it rip"!
Over here there were young boys working as hard and smart as big boys
Matthew Eiser took Bic sailing to a new level..
Peter and Chris Mann were out in the 125
there was side gripping tension
There was plenty of company..
Everybody got wet!
Some made it look easy
There were family duos
some came in triplicate
there were races within races...
there were moments of fear..
for some .. it was a walk in the park....
there were close encounters........
follow the leader...
.. do it 'my' way..
and Dad's Way!
.. some added colourful sails
and some looked better without ..
finally we all headed home ....with a grin from ear to ear..
but along the way ..
we found this ....
and .. Is that a No Don't take our photo?
I thought NOT .. it's an except the inevitable and have a laugh !
after all.. we're from the PCSC.. we know boats... and Middlebank!
See? No Problem!
then there was the MUD..
and the foreleg problem...
and since space at the pontoon was at a premium..
Herc took Tiernan and the pacer for a tow...
as usual the boys watched while the girls worked...just saying!
Captain Tim kept an eye on proceedings..
.. and a helping hand.. while others were knee deep in mud..
.. to watch Tiernan ski the pacer right into the ramp...
quite successfully ! (for a boy)