The Footy class showed once again why it has so many supporters across the Radio sailing spectrum, Thirteen skippers came out to play with strong contingents from Frensham Pond MYG, Birmingham MYC, Abington Park, and Two Islands all converging upon the superb facillities at Hollowell Sailing Club. The weather couldn't make up it's mind or more correctly the wind and so neither could we, most skippers working somewhere between a C rig and "just'in"
After some early grumbles from PJ, and a couple of jibes about pot hunting, he settled down to a run of consistent results with his ICE to retain the Cadenhead Trophy, won last time out at Clapham. Mike Ewart got his carbon Slim going nicely to finish what proved to be an easy(ish) second and on the bottom step of the podium was Peter Shepherd with not quite as Fat as he used to be Boy. Keith Bell who has been seduced by the glamour of the Footy scene started very well, he must have then taken advice from me which left him rounding out the top four (did we forget to award him his Novice trophy I think we did) all of whom were Abington Park skippers.
Keith Parrott of Frensham Pond slipped into 5th sailing very well and giving Sid Sims a good battle, Geoff Raygada is struggling to find consistancy with his Bermuda Rigged Fat Boy which is a shame because it is either brilliant or nowhere and to my mind has certainly shown some promise.
Ian McDonald, Norman Hardy , Tony Butler and Steve Hill all manfully struggled on, battling each other for the minor placing and in the process thoroughly enjoying their day, the remaining two skippers Derek Lane and Tim Leese from host club had technoballs! and retired early although it was good to see them both bring their yachts to our Tuesday meet all repaired and ready for action next time.
The next Footy Open Meeting is at Abington Park 21st January 2017 provided it isn't solid!
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