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On the Water 4/6/2019

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Published 06:26 on 5 Jun 2019

On the Water 4/6/2019

14 Scows were out for Capers on Wednesday, with a good breeze and a win for Barry Gibbs with Christine de Laine close behind. The rain held off until all were back on dry land. Four keen racers were out for the Olympic races on Saturday, with Graham Fairbrass now in the lead after the first two races.

It was also the "Harbour Olympic 2" races for classes 4 & 5, sailed with not much water depth. Peter Blick in his Finn was the winner. Sundays race was again 2 races as part of the Interclub series organised by Highcliffe Sailing Club - no results as I write. Well done to all that took part.

Another fully-attended session for Junior Race Training on Thursday in very gusty conditions tested the mettle of our squad, with the fleet split into three- Lasers/Topper, three Teras and the Oppi cohort for the initial period, followed by close racing to finish, when an absolutely epic start by Abi Hayles was unassailable on the water, with some serous upwind speed on show. Thanks to everyone who attended, and helped - great stuff and enjoyed by all.

Friday was the second decent sailing evening of the season with 45 Pirates and Freestylers all cruising in company through the harbour and down to Number 7 mark for some close-quarter handling (some very close quarter...!!) before a great sail back up to the club in near-perfect conditions. Mention in dispatches to Harriet Davies, in Harriet the Topper, for sailing quite beautifully on her only third time out with us - superb stuff. Also a big hand to Jess Asamoa for being super-helpful and generally brilliant - a real feather in the cap to Sally Davison and Richard Beasley for training these young helpers (our TACS) to a very high standard both in safety and seamanship on the water, and also in considerate, mature behaviour to both students and helpers. Also - thanks to all the Juniors and parents who (even without the changing rooms) just got on with the job in hand.

And just to add on to this report, Keith Barkway passes on this thanks to the Class Captains and fleets for "mucking in" and ensuring that sailing was enjoyed by all over the weekend, even though we were changing "roomless!"

Cruisers had the last race of the Evening Spring Series on Thursday in fabulous conditions with 11 boats out. Congratulations to Jim Lawrence's Fiddlers Elbow in Class 1 who won the race and sealed the series win as well. Classes 3 had 4 competitors out resulting in a clean sweep of 4 wins in a row for Dan Worsley's Enigma. The weekend Spring Series continues with Fiddlers Elbow taking top spot in Class 1 and Matt Holloway in Jester claiming their 3rd win in a row in Class 3.

Thank you to Stuart Percival and Tony Fry for helping out all day Saturday with Christchurch Rowing Club's Annual Regatta on Saturday ensuring the safety of all 'on the water'.

4 Finns have been packed up ready to go to Denmark for the Finn World Masters next week - Good luck to Peter Blick, Andy Denison, Russell New and Simon Percival.

Sue Haynes

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