Again this season we were down to three boats active in racing. Halcyon Days, Daisy Dog, and True Blue, being seen the most. Sadly Keith Richardson in Tessador didn’t race (except in Regatta) but did occasionally follow the class round the course.
Cliff Lake successfully bought Halcyon Days, but had to do some work on it to satisfy a survey. Halcyon Days was late arriving in the harbour, as a consequence. True Blue was also late into the water. I had an operation on my back in April, and was “out of commission” until July, but did manage a few races before Regatta. Jeffrey Preece bought a Sadler cruiser during the winter, joining the Cruiser Class, and so we were lacking Contessa Juliet,
Regatta was rather disappointing, as Daisy Dog and Tessador entered the Cruiser B class, leaving just True Blue and Halcyon Days to compete in the Contessa Class. A bit unfair really, as Cliff was still figuring out where the marks were! We believe Harry Flemming is bringing Anna back to the harbour, so Keith Richardson has said that he will race next year, as the class numbers are now increasing.
I’m sure that we are all looking forward to next season, but there’s a few cold hours to be spent on the boats before they are back in the harbour! Last winter was cold, and seemed longer than normal, probably because the cold spell continued almost into spring. Cold numb fingers don’t hold tools very well!
Let’s hope for another super summer, like 2018 nice to have some warm sunny sailing
Steve Wood – CO26 class captain