Two races were held on the Saturday afternoon out ofthe four contributing to the overall regatta rankings. As only two were to count this made it possible for members able to attend only one day to nevertheless win the regatta.
The wind was from the west to south west and was blustery. The course was designed to reduce the risk of capsize, consisting of a beat upriver to a port set nearer to the Surrey bank, so that helms could elect to complete the jibe in a partial wind shadow, followed by a run downriver to a starboard and then a port starboard upriver slalom to the finish line.
After the first race the first mark was brought nearer to the club house in response to very confused winds above the club house.
On the Saturday evening a very convivial supper was organised by the Leas and much appreciated by the 9 participants.
On the second day the wind was less blustery, although the wind switched directions making the downwind run confusing at times. The course set was an upwind beat to a port mark, then a run down to a mid-
On the Sunday afternoon a Ladies and Novices race was organised. Jean Maracchi helmed a Bosun with Kevin Lavery as crew and won the Ladies Trophy. This was followed by a duck race with 5 boats, 2 of the Bosuns with an extra crew.
Subsequently the winds turned gusty and members' attention turned from sailing to the club's traditional strawberry and cream tea.
Over the two days 11 members helmed, 3 crewed, 5 acted as race officials, and a good number of others came to watch. We had visits from a number of prospective new members; one joined and we may get two more.