|White track: "Robbie's race" afternoon 29 May; red track, further sailing, later in the afternoon, 29 May; green track, sailing with Jeff Kerr, morning of 30 May.|
9.1nm; season's total 154.2nm
Participating boats (if any participating skippers can help me fill in the missing name, I'd be grateful):
Luggers Pelican, Fiddler's Green, Muckle Flugga
Coasters Daisy II, Bundy Bear, Windsong
Longboats Serendipity, Harry Cockburn (both 'Sailability' boats)
Jolly Boat Sally Gee
Deben Lugger ?
Weather "grey" and increasingly wet as the day went on. Winds northerly, F3 gusting F4.
After launching and lunching, "Robbie's race" (white track, above) was the main event of the afternoon. The race is in memory of Robbie Henderson, a Drascomber of old; the trophy created by Churchouse Boats. The idea is to race to Holcot, the far end of Pitsford Lake, round a buoy and then sail back. The race has been run for a number of years, although this is the first time that Daisy II has participated.
Unfortunately, I don't seem to have the hang of this racing lark. While I rigged the jib and raised the main, most of the field had made it to the first bend. I was pleased to have caught up a Dabber and Lugger prior to turning at Holcot.
|Pictures of Daisy II bringing up the rear during Robbie's Race|
|Robbie's Race in action: everyone else was on their way back!|
The other highlight of this event was the bid for freedom made by lugger Fiddler's Green which slipped its mooring whilst its skipper and crew were in the clubhouse. Fortunately, lugger Pelican was on hand to save the day.
|Crewless (clueless?!) Fiddler's Green being rescued by Pelican|
Rain continued most of the night and Thursday morning began with stronger winds; in particular, a squall at around 4.30am as Fiddler's Green made further trouble with a flogging mainsail. Eventually, I had to go and sort it out but, once awake, was in no position to return to the bunk.
Breakfast in the clubhouse began official proceedings, followed by a 9.30am briefing and a boat jumble, where I picked up a pair of old 'waterproof' trousers, which may come in handy. I changed the winch strap on the trailer, having noticed the old one had begun to fray and did a temporary repair job on the tiller extension which had, once again, parted from the tiller. We also had an opportunity to introduce our boats, history, modifications to fellow ralliers.
|Skippers and crew admiring a newly restored 5m wooden Peterboat|
|Daisy II in action on second day.|
All in all, this was a very pleasant rally. Good sailing, pleasant company and various ideas taken on board regarding future potential modifications.
|Pontoon moorings, courtesy of Northampton Sailing Club, Pitsford Water|