Well, what a season 2017 has been, or, can’t you remember either? No memorable weather; no real gales, no fog, no huge seas. No memorable incidents; no protests, no collisions, no knockdowns, no breakages.
That’s probably why there’s been few unforgettable moments in the bar; as these are usually fuelled by controversial manoeuvres on the water that require ‘explanation’ over a glass or two.
On the water whenever there were 3 or more starters, the racing was nearly always ‘close’ between the big boats with positions changing frequently and only seconds often separating Ocean Whisper, Enigma and Aquaholic. However, the season was again dominated by Aquaholic who proved once again that persistence wins races and consistency wins trophies.
Regatta week, in class A was almost a repeat of 2016, as far as winners were concerned. Enigma led the week until Wednesday but she and visiting boats Chaotic and Vision were unable to stay with Aquaholic as the week concluded with fresh winds and Mike Abbey winning his second regatta, and happy Daze ran away with B class proving once again that consistency can be a substitute for boat speed.
The Mike and Tina Decanter for ‘The Spirit of Regatta’ this year was awarded to the SYC boat Vision (crewed in part by RYYC members).
To finish on a positive note, more than 50 people attended the sailing meeting held in the bar on 12 November. It was encouraging to see so many members turn out on a wet and windy November Sunday afternoon and it has to be a sign that many of us are genuinely concerned about the future of our sport in Bridlington.
It is hoped that by implementing a few ideas and suggested changes from the meeting to our sailing programme we can increase interest levels and boats on the water.
Mike Kaye, Class Captain