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A warm weekend in august and 8 intrepid sailors and 6 non-sailers set off for an away weekend on the sea in essex. As a non-sailor I really had serious doubts about what I was doing setting out for a sailing weekend. However as soon as we arrived at Bradwell I was made to feel at home. Great accommodation, a couple of drinks and a delicious meal in the adjacent pub and it all felt like a great holiday.
The next day (Saturday) we enjoyed a full English breakfast then sailed from Bradwell to Brightlingsea (about 10 miles). Pat and Andy in their Solos, Paul and Tori and Nigel and his friend Andy in Fireballs, Simon in his laser and Pat Lovell in his Gull. The rest of us were taken in 22 foot Ketch. The wind was a gentle breeze (force 2 I’m told). The sailors were in their element while we had agentle cruse bringing up the rear. After a pleasant packed lunch in the harbour at Brightlingsea we set off back to Bradwell. In the ketch we used the “metal sail” to propel us back by the most direct route. For the sailors it was beat all the way back into a strengthing head wind.......
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- Andy Anderson - (Normally seen in his Solo)
- Matt Bowden - (Normally seen in his yellow Laser Radial)
- Paul Carrington - (Normally in a Fireball or Streaker)
- Tori Carrington - (Normally seen in Toppers, Laser Radials or Fireballs)
- Pat Overs – (Normally seen in a Solo or SigneT)
- Gareth Russell – (Normally seen in his Lark, Flying Dutchman or Moth)
- John Stanness - (Normally seen in his Solo)
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Special Races – 19th June 2011
With the club adorned in bunting, balloons and flags, Paxton took part in the nationwide campaign for ‘Sail for Gold’, with a series of “special” races, on the 19th June 2011. With a moderate to strong wind blowing 8 competitors, including both juniors and seniors, participated. With the prospects of medals being awarded at the end of the day, everyone threw themselves into the day enthusiastically.
To begin with, an ordinary pursuit race was sailed, the “special” part of this race being that all competitors had to start on the bank with dry feet. After some comical starts, Andy Anderson in his Solo predictably finished in first place but with everyone else close behind.
After a lunch break, a series of 3, high energy fifteen minute races, on a small course right in front of the club house provided great entertainment for the spectators. Yet again, Andy Anderson came out on top. However, there had been a shake-up of results further down the score sheet, with Bobby Martin and Matthew Bowden in lasers switching places.
The final race was another pursuit race but with another twist – personal handicaps were enforced. This gave the slowest boat (Andy Martin in a RS Terra Sport) a 9 minute lead on all other boats and left Andy Anderson starting some 25 minutes after start gun. The personal handicaps were very well calculated and produced an exciting conclusion to the race. The boats were all closing up for a photo finish but the wind dropped in the dying minutes of the race. Andy Martin sailed well taking full advantage of his head start so that he finished first with Tori close behind. This shot Andy Martin up the leader board when the double points were awarded but left Andy Anderson with a handful of points. The final results were as follows:
1st Tori Carirngton - Topper
2nd Paul Carrington - Streaker
4th Simon Leonard - Laser
5th Andy Martin - RS Tera
6th Joe Sharp - Bosun
7th Bobby Martin - Laser
8th Matt Bowden - Laser
Well done to all who took part and a special thank you to Gareth for organising a very enjoyable day!