HERON OPEN MEETING AT PRIORY SAILING CLUB 2ND SEPTEMBER 2017

October 5, 2017

HERON OPEN MEETING AT PRIORY SAILING CLUB 2ND SEPTEMBER 2017

 

     The weather forecast was correct. It was warm and sunny all day with a temperature of 24 degrees but almost no wind.

     Five visitors joined five Priory boats for sunbathing and a little sun bathing. None the less competition on the water was real, and rivalry old and new developed as the day continued.

     The unexpected winners of the first race were two Priory juniors sailing Heron 10,000 with a genoa. Some of the grown  ups complained about their restlessness in the boat – a rule 42 unfair propulsion challenge seemed inevitable. The second boat across the line was Tony Ogborn in Heron 10,300 sailing with a 79% genoa. Third was Heron 2310 with Nigel and Fiona Denchfield with the well known yellow sails and a small jib. Light wind sailing defied all the usual methods of analysis.

     After a lunch time picnic on the balcony in the hot sun there was plenty of enthusiasm left for the final two races back to back. Now late arrival Matthew Picket got started and in spite of troublesome wind shifts, got in front of everyone else, finishing first in both races. We have all seen him win in all sorts of conditions, but still can’t quite work out how he does it.

     Jon and Verna Hunt carved out first position in the crewed boat segment.

     Priory Juniors Alexander Parsons and Vicky Murfin and single handed Joby Evans were each awarded junior prizes.

     The usual happy relaxed  atmosphere of Heron Open Meetings was maintained with much enjoyment of the day and the lunch and tea provided.

     Heron sailing, therefore, seems to have a bright future judging by the enthusiasm of all who sailed or watched and helped to ensure the day was a big success.

     Let’s do it all again soon.  

Tony Ogborn

Heron 10,300

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

JUNIORS(U16)

Philip Parsons and Vicky Murfin 10,000                                   One race only

Alexander Parsons and Vicky Murfin 10,000                         Two races

Joby Evans 9886 S/H                                                                       Three races

 

 

 

SINGLE HANDED BOATS

Matthew Picket                                9812                                                       Two races            1st

Tonu Ogborn                     10,300                                                   Three races        2nd

Roger Stevenson             10,325                                                   Three races        3rd

CREWED BOATS

Jon and Verna Hunt        9097                                                       Three races        1st

Nigel and Fiona Denchfield 2310                                                Three races        2nd

Peter Moulton and James Russ 10,019                                   Three races

Gary Mccullock and Archie Murfin 7209                                 Three races

Elaine Thomas and Crew               7585                                       Three races

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