I've been away in the Far East and then came back to a week of no sailing during the change over precipitated by Mike Hood's retirement - for which we all wish him and his family the very best in the forthcoming weeks and months. In my absence, there have been some very good turnouts, and one particular series of results - Rob Froud is dominating the Wednesday evening pursuit series sailing solo in Chris Bell's Albacore - quite put my nose out of joint last Wednesday evening - outsailed me in lightish conditions. Must be losing my touch!
Ian McIntyre has generously loaned his Blaze to a number of people, which who knows may result in that fleet growing (though I don't think there'll be too many more defectors from the Streaker fraternity).
We're settling down to running our own safety boat but there was a disturbing situation on Sunday last when there were 5 people (nominally) ashore looking after the interests of just three sailors. Let's hope that was a bit unusual - certainly a sailing club with that sort of ratio of support to sailors is unsustainable (well it becomes debatable whether it remains a sailing club!).
Yesterday was moderately windy and Stuart Hood showed how well he can manage such conditions - he had same competition from brother Mike who was getting in some sailing before his enforced period (hopefully not too long) of inactivity. His work duties at the Mere has meant that for the past 14 years, his own sailing has taken a distinctly rear seat. Welcome to the fleet Mike and we hope to see you again as soon as you're fit again.
Mike Knight was on excellent form and completed all three races today, having only Hannah as a competitor in the final race. He leads the table in the Sunday Pursuit series, and whilst he still needs to perfect gybing in stronger winds, he needs no lessons in recovery!
The next few weeks will see a number of us being trained by Stephen Sharp and Mike Mooney in powerboat handling and assisting recovery of capsized boats. Once this has happened we hope to provide greater accessibility for casual sailors. Meanwhile, Pauline Mooney has very kindly agreed to look after collection of the Berth Fees due for the rest of the season.