Commodore’s Bender

The last event of the CCRC on the water was the Commodore’s “Bender”. This took place in splendid sunny though cool weather and was all round Chichester Harbour. We wove our way around all the racing dinghies in a treasure hunt arranged by Commodore Pam and Richard. Much fun was taken with the mental challenges of identifying buoy names by anagram, cryptic clue or photograph; determining charted depths at particular locations; doing bearings on Chichester Cathedral spire resolved down to True bearings; and spotting other assorted objects. Then came a further challenge of modelling a harbour seal in plasticine!
When done most boats rafted up on the Emsworth Visitor pontoon for some quick tea and cake in the sun before dashing back to our berths before the wind came in. Then it was G&Ts before dinner at the “Drift” restaurant. Here the answer sheets scores were announced and model seals judged in order to allocate the prizes including the infamous Clock’s Back Clock.

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Marchwood Race

Two days of pleasant autumnal weather for two days of racing. Each day it started dull and grey but slowly the sun broke through to make a warm late afternoon and on Saturday a lovely sunset.
On Saturday a good wind allowed an interesting course from Chichester westwards towards the central Solent and then up Southampton Water though with a decreasing wind. The triangles and sausages meant we kept in touch with the position of the others even as we crossed paths with other club races and some International racing yachts. Then it was way up Southampton Water to Marchwood where we crossed paths with cargo ships and cruise liners before rafting up before drinks and then supper at Marchwood Yacht Club.
Sunday saw a start line moved to avoid the other races then another interesting course initially westwards then back towards Chichester though with more triangles and sausages to test our sail handling.
A great weekend to finish the CCRC’s 2017 series of races though one retirement due to genoa problem and one due to main sail.

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