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Burghfield, 7th October
Photos and Results
14 Seavets signed on for our last event of the season - trophies to be awarded at the end of the day for series class winners. Andy came into the event with a clear lead at the top of the table with Alan and Kevin level on points just behind him. We were pleased to welcome Steve Barraclough to the ranks of the racing fleet, having joined in with the cruisers during the year, although problems with his newly acquired raceboard and sail hampered his sailing all day.
Our Race Officer for the day, Tony Chandler, set a course covering almost the whole lake. The morning was grey and drizzly, but the wind stayed fairly consistent, giving good racing conditions. The water level was a bit lower than we are accustomed to, and Tony warned that the passage between 2 of the islands could be shallow in places, but one or two were determined to try the short cut and ended up aground.
There was some close racing throughout the fleet, and the first three races saw three different winners - Nick Kidd, Alan Jackson and Andy Lacy, with Kevin Clark and Tony Goodwin not far behind. Nick prevailed in the final race to take the honours for the day. Andy retained his Supervet trophy, Tony Goodwin the Megavets and Kevin Clark the Veterans. Joe Coulson, absent on this occasion retains his Octovet trophy - congratulations to them all. Overall behind Andy came Alan and then Kevin with just 5 points between them.

Weymouth Week , 26th - 28th September
Not enough wind for short boards but reasonable raceboard conditions, 12 Seavets sailed up to the Academy for coffee, after exploring the habour, Richard, Joe, Derrick and John sailed to north Weymouth to visit the Turkish ladies beach front cafe for a repeat bacon roll after sampling the fayre on the previous days cycle trip. The Marquis of Granby hosted the annual dinner arranged by Pat, enormus portions and desserts to die for, several take away boxes were required.

Carsington, 5th August
Lots of great photos from David Eberlin at : http://davideberlin.uk/?p=827. A few of mine can be seen on our Facebook group page.
7 Seavets were joined by 5 sailors from the Midland Region W.A. for a fine days racing. We were able to set our preferred M course on the far side of the reservoir away from the cruiser racing. In moderate winds the fleet soon spread out, the Midlands sailors with their 9.5m sails stretching away from the Seavets. There was good close racing throughout the fleet with Andy Lacy just holding off Kevin Clark at the front, and our 2 Octovets having a good battle further back.
After lunch the clouds gathered and the anemometer on the committee boat settled down at 15 knots gusting 17 for a while, and then we all got soaked in a heavy shower of rain.
So Andy got a clean sheet of wins, albeit by just a metre or so in one race, much to Kevin's disappointment. Russ Towns just beat Joe Coulson in the battle of the 80 year olds. According to our custom, the bottle of wine went to next in line down the fleet - Steve Fletcher.
In the evening 14 of us enjoyed a hearty meal at the Knockerdown Inn.

Whitwell, 15th July
Early arrivals on Friday afternoon, ready to camp overnight, were pleased to find that we had been bunked off the usual area and sent to the point, just beyond the windsurfers car parking area. We had a waterside view, and Tony Goodwin enjoyed a most pleasant sail in the late afternoon sunshine.

Whitwell Race StartOn Saturday 12 Seavets signed on for racing in a light - moderate southwesterly wind. The usual square figure-of-eight course had been set which gave the sailors a directly downwind leg in the first race, and so was tweaked appropriately thereafter. The start between a buoy and the beach resulted in some inevitable bunching of the fleet at the far end. So, unusually, there was one individual recall (probably more than one, but the Race Officer couldn't identify the other miscreants), and, in the 3rd race, a slight coming-together and dropping of sails a few seconds before the start signal which provoked a lively discussion about rights of way afterwards.

It was unusual, too, to have four different winners in each race. Andy Lacy was the most consistent, followed by Alan Jackson and Kevin Clark. Mike Playle retired from the first race after his daggerboard disappeared into its casing, and had to resort to an old spare board. He was heard to admit that he might even be forced to buy a new board.. The bottle of wine worked its way down the fleet to John Ellis, 6th overall, as all those ahead of him had already had one.

In the evening 20 of us enjoyed a delicious meal at the Noel Arms, an easy walk from the Watersports Centre.

Farmoor, 17th June :

Results and Photos.

A select group of 10 Seavets checked in for racing on the hottest day of the year so far. With a wind forecast of 4knots peaking at 5-6 knots by 4 o'clock, we were not hopeful of a good days racing. It was a busy day at the club, so our Race Officer Adrian Brearley set a box course in the middle of the reservoir, while Team 15 and Learn to Sail groups were sailing closer to the club house.
The first race was plagued with dead spots in the wind, and it was important to pick the right way up the beat. Conditions gradually became more consistent in wind speed, but it was still swinging around, so the beat was always tactical, and brought about one or two dramatic changes in the order throughout the fleet. Mike Playle once again proved almost unbeatable in the light winds, but Russ Canning and Alan Jackson got away from him in the last race of the day.

Datchet, 20th May. Photos

Stone Sailing Club, 6th May

After many years Seavets returned to the sea. A few of us enjoyed free camping at Stone Sailing Club on Friday evening and woke to a bright and breezy day. The local forecast was 19kts and as we set off for the first race it was clear that the wind over tide conditions would make it very challenging, so we returned to shore where the local race team suggested we take an early lunch while they set a shorter course closer inshore in slack water.

In the afternoon the wind moderated a bit and we had four good races in manageable conditions and bright sunshine. Afterwards the prizes were presented by Stone S.C. Commodore Dave Boosey to the overall winner Andy Lacy, whose wine cellar is full, so he passed up the wine in favour of second placed Alan Jackson. Well deserved bottles of wine were also presented by Steve Fletcher to RO Wendy Robinson and Keith Atkins who stayed on the water all day with his team in three ribs and made sure we had a successful day.

In the evening we joined some of the locals in the clubhouse which enjoys lovely views over the Blackwater, and were treated to a very nice meal and the odd drink, which rounded off what had been a successful day after an unpromising start.

Richard Williams

Ray Neal 1948 - 2017
Ray Neal passed away on 2nd April after a long illness. Ray had been a member of Seavets for 22 years, and was a loyal member of our racing fleet, always cheerful, ever helpful. Our condolences go to Christine and the family.

Christine has sent these words: Ray started windsurfing in 1986 at Rother Valley Country Park. All the family laughed their heads off at his antics, he was off more than he was on. So he persevered over the years and mastered the art. He joined the Seavets and UKWA to sail with like minded people. He enjoyed the meets at various lakes and the evenings with friends. He was the life and soul of the party with his tricks. eg; Who remembers the difficult-to-steer-bike which not many could get the hang of? He enjoyed many sports but windsurfing was his big love. Ray will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Dick Gamblin 1922 - 2017
Richard passed away in February at the age of 94.
During World War II Dick served in the RAF as an Aircraft Fitter. After his demob he took up ballroom dancing and with his wife Lily they set up a number of dancing schools as well as performing professionally and taking part in many dancing competitions. He later became interested in sailing and even built his own dinghy.
On his retirement Dick chose windsurfing as his sport and was a member at Blue Circle SC. He joined Seavets in 1989 and took part in many of our activities. One of his favourite venues was Bala where he camped at the campsite at the far end of the lake together with his family. On occasions he would sail the whole length of the lake early on Saturday morning so that he would be ready to take part in the Seavet races at the sailing club. He was often in attendance at Hayling Island, Poole and Calshot as well as numerous racing events and holidays like Dahab and greatly enjoyed his times at Quiberon where he was one of our most regular attendees in the early years of the holiday. In particular he became great friends with Michel who often asked after him even though neither of them could understand what the other was saying. We have many fond memories of Richard's windsurfing exploits and our best wishes and fondest regards go out to Lily and the rest of his family.






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