It was ground-breaking stuff as members of the RCYC Cruising Fleet defied the recent weather and gathered to race or just travel by water to the first event of the season at North Fambridge for a pub lunch. With the weather as horrible as it has been, those that got afloat were heroic! All strength to them for the rest of the year. Most memorable sight at the start was a line-up of a Hanse 53 with a Hunter 19 plus Malcy and Andy storming along in their Laser 3000.
Arthur was pleased that people turned up and had such fun. We packed the conservatory at the Ferryboat and spilled over into the bar. Those who arrived 'wind over tarmac' were equal in number, if not in adventurous spirit, to those arriving by water and were greeted by David and Janet Hill in their Volvo V70. It was good to see Len and Helen, Val and Janet.
In the Cruising Division Tolerance of Guernsey showed everyone a clean pair of heels and accompanying wake, completing the course in mere minutes but might have to face a bill for Odjob's broken crockery!
"I wasn't sure what to expect but in the end I enjoyed it. We came second and won a bottle of wine."
The most impressive sight of the day was the roll-on roll-off dinghy compartment behind the swimming platform at the stern of Jack, John and Sue Hardy's Hanse 53.
Back at base, we enjoyed an informal supper, an even more informal prize giving and Sheena announced a collection total of £124 for the RNLI.
Contributors Derek Corless,Tracy Coyle, Wendy Eagling, Anne Heasley, Dwilla Mortimore, Chrissie Nolan