We got under way with a welcome from Ashburton Sailing Club's Grant Badger, Peter Braithwaite called for a minutes silence to honour the victims of the terrorist attack and was interrupted by Chris Thompson of Ashburton, “ I have my pipes, would you like me to play a lament ?” This was accepted and duly played – it was a touching moment, greatly appreciated.
After lunch and a briefing, the fleet was divided into three groups according to size and ability, smaller craft off first and the other groups at three minute intervals. A box course was sailed in a moderate NE with the faster boats gradually overtaking the smaller boats. Several rounds were completed, perfect sailing conditions. Rowing and power boats were able to follow the action as well, it was good to see Arthur Pretty back with his dory slipping along with ease.
This is an event looked forward to each year, lake sailing is so different, especially with Lake Hood's easy access and pleasant surroundings – it went well.
The day concluded at the Lake House Restaurant with drinks and tall stories !
- Things of note:
- Thanks to the Ashburton Sailing Club for hosting us.
- Some lovely clinker boats including Gavin Walters new acquisition
- Radley II, giving “rides round the lake”, thanks Nigel.
- Craig in the International 14 speeding around the course.
- Clive's drone footage.
- Matt Vance photographing the event ( will it make Boating NZ ?)
- Peter Vincent for organising the model boats.
- The great feeling of camaraderie we have !