Bart's Bash / Anniversary 20 Sept

Sunday saw our annual Bartís Bash Ė this year combined with the anniversary series. A good turnout of 37 boats Ė not quite last years number but a lot of boats! We had three starts with Gold fleet away first with Peter Curtis quickly establishing that the RS300 was going to take line honours with a good scrap behind initially between Mike Storey (EPS), Nancy Scott (29er) and Gareth (Aero 9) but further back Mervyn Cinnamond was keeping well up with the Lasers. In the Silver fleet there was the usual close race between the Solos of Tony Sproat, Ben Russell, Ian Peace and Dave Clark.

Great to see a JUNIOR start as well and honours here go to Maisie Bristow (Colin Ė beware she beat you on handicap) with close racing between the Toppers, and again between the Fevas.

With a light wind the RO set a modest sized quadrilateral course sensibly avoiding the windward bank by setting X as windward mark inside 8, then 6, 3, 1 to give beat, reach, run, reach. The reaches both seemed quite shy which nay say something about the way the wind was bending because Iím sure course angles didnít look like that. With the staggered start and a shortish lap the leaders were lapping boats and the fleet was soon spread over the whole course.  Up front Peter Curtis continued to ease away, after a great first lap the 29er found the light conditions hard leaving Mike Storey and Gareth fighting for second on the water, but the fast boats didnít have it all their own way. Mervyn continued to stay with the Lasers and took third overall in the scratch results.

In the personal scoring Tony Sproat took the honours followed by the three Toppers, showing that all the sailing school practice is paying off.

Despite the chaos in the clubhouse we followed the race with a great assortment of cakes, and excellent food.  Many thanks to the catering team and the bakers.

The results are here