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The sun soon burnt off the remaining mist and stayed out all day to take the chill off the steady North Easterly breeze. There were initially 12 entries, but even before racing could begin we had a couple of casualties Nick Noble paid his entry and then unfortunately had a servo failure during practicing and so left never to return, Bob Smith went to collect his 1299 from the waters edge and I can categorically deny that anyone pushed him, he fell into the lake drenching him and water logging his transmitter, fortunately he was fine but returned home to dry out and rest his boat to return for race 9. In the first race Norman Andrew of Cheddar Steam had a terminal equipment failure and so DNF'd he stayed on to act as start & finish line caller.
Once again the event was run in the spirit of gentlemanly combat with everyone voluntarily doing turns for their indiscretions. The course was a simple sausage and triangle with a turning mark at the windward end and a gate at the leeward end. Most skippers started in top rigs but as the breeze came up sail sizes came down to No 2 or 3 rigs. the front of the pack have all been spurring each other on to greater heights, and new kid on the block John Burgoine (350, ICE) is making great strides with his ICE so much so he has now cast off his novICE status, it was touch and go between the rest of the pack, Peter Shepherd (65, Fat Boy) just managed to hang onto his second from great pressure by David Wilkinson (46, ICE), please can you paint it blue somehow it just doesn't seem right David sailing a black boat. Mike Ewart (36, leaky ICE he dropped it/dry Fat Boy) followed David home and then having persuaded us to leave our spare boats at home, because of space in the car issues, Peter Jackson (30, Fat Boy) final chose to sail his Fat Boy after a couple of technical issues with the other two he had brought! This group made up the leaders who keep pushing each other onto greater things, however the competition was just as keen amongst the rest of the fleet, Sid Sims (o5, Fat Boy), Trevor Thomas (58, Ice), Keith Parrott (31, Ice) and Cheddar Steam Club's very own Kevin Newman (76, 507) all had an enjoyable days racing. A bit of tweaking to Kevins sails just before lunchtime saw him start to get amongst the other boats in the afternoon where he started to return some better results and have some fun actually racing which is what it is all about really.
The skippers were kind enough to say they enjoyed the event and the way it was run with it's very friendly and relaxed atmosphere, unexpected RO Norman Andrew received a well deserved round of applause from the assembly and our best wishes go to Brian Issacs, Cheddar Steam Footy enthusiast, who unfortunately couldn't make it and hopefully will be back up and sailing very soon.
The next open event is the EXTREME FOOTY SERIES ACT 2 in Dartmouth Park with Sandwell MBC on 2nd April, quickly followed on the 10th April by the Videlo Globe Trophy at Frensham Pond another great Footy venue.
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