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NWWA Racing & Recreational Sailing, May 2019

Thanks to Joanna Gawkowska we have a great range of photos showing the action on Sunday 26th May. We'll start with the racing photos - 2 sets of gallery images. Then move on to recreational sailing and another 2 lots of gallery images.


Eight prospective competitors turned up at a wet and windy Watergrove by 10.45am. The 1st race started just before 1130 on a fairly short figure of eight course, so 3 laps were planned. However, the strong gusty winds wreaked havoc, made uphauling 7.5m race sails extremely strenuous, and the majority of the fleet retired. Only Dave M completed the course ,shortened to two laps , with youth Johan Kidger coming in 2nd on his Techno, by completing one lap. After a break to allow most sailors to rig smaller sails, a 2nd two lap race was run before lunch. Dave M, still on 7.5m, again dominated, followed home by Mike Escreet and Geoff Ryan in 2nd and 3rd. After lunch the course was changed due to the wind shifting more NW, to provide a better upwind beat. The wind was still strong and gusty, with a large wind shadow at the western end providing a further challenge. In this 3rd race Mike Escreet was well in touch with Dave M on the first lap, but a mistake on the second upwind beat saw him drop back and gift Dave M a third win. Final results:

  • 1st Dave Martin
  • 2nd Mike Escreet
  • 3rd Geoff Ryan
  • 1st Lady Viki Packman
  • 1st Youth/Techno Johan Kidger

Racing (1 of 2 sets of photos) - scroll down for more after viewing

Racing (2 of 2 sets of photos) - scroll down for more after viewing

Recreational Sailing

Recreational Sailing (1 of 2 sets of photos) - scroll down for more after viewing

Recreational Sailing (2 of 2 sets of photos) - these are the last set!


davem - 15/11/2019 - 22:00

Please make sure you secure the gate properly when leaving. Tia is organising a new post, hopefully soon!?

davem - 15/11/2019 - 21:59

the gatepost on entry to the clubhouse carpark fell over today as I was opening the gate. Tia and I extended the chain so it can be locked round the pedestrian gate.

davemonks - 15/11/2019 - 21:24

Yeah me too, not been for ages.

Ralph - 15/11/2019 - 20:17

I thought autumn was supposed to be a sequence of sou-westerly gales sweeping across. Not been windsurfing for weeks! Is anyone else as fed up as me?

John L - 05/11/2019 - 09:05

Just me today then? Heading up late morning

davem - 04/11/2019 - 17:39

working at HLWAC tomorrow, so no sailing for me. Thursday is looking windy but far to cold and wet.:-(

John L - 03/11/2019 - 18:01

Hoping to sail Tuesday if forecast holds. Bit cold though!?

Ralph - 03/11/2019 - 16:54

Really enjoyed today's working party; it was a great opportunity to get to know other members while working with them. I love hard work; I could sit and watch it for hours!

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