Bob Carter, sailing the new Sprint 15
The sailing over for the day most of the fleet retired as they had the previous year to the Lion Hotel Buckden, an excellent meal and good fun was had by all. Happy birthday was sung to Sprint 15 old timer Bob Carter (60), while Gordon Goldstone performed a conjuring trick by making several glasses of white wine disappear!
Sunday's racing due to start at 10.30 was delayed by fog, resulting in the days racing being limited to 2 races, sailed back to back. When the fog cleared conditions were much the same as the day before. Race 4 won by G. Carter followed again by S. Hanby, Robin Leather posting his first top 3 finish of the weekend. The wind got up a bit for race 5, F3-4 with a few good gusts. The beat again was crucial as it had been all weekend, the quickest way up the beat was to sail close to the shore, those who went for the centre of the lake constantly lost ground. The final race was won by S. Hanby followed by G. Carter and R. Leather taking 3rd. There also has to be a mention for Keith Ball, who punched above his weight to finish a credible 7th.
It was great to see the newcomers to the fleet, Gary and Gerald Sverdloff, Richard Philpott, Thomas Sandal and Mark Stokes and also to rub shoulders with a few of the old D15 legends in Barrie Hoggard, George Wood and Andrew Hannah.
A big thank you goes out to Grafham Water Sailing Club who's organisation and attention to detail resulted in a fantastic weekends racing!
Frank Sandells 19 Oct 05.
(photos by Mark Aldridge)
|1st||George Carter (Sport mode)||Grafham||4pts|
|4th||Robin Leather (Sport mode)||Gurnard||15pts|
|5th||Bob Carter (Sport mode)||Grafham||20pts|
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