By Jim Morley on 12 March 2012
The day was warm the sun shone and the sky was cloudless but where was the wind?
A sailing event with no wind is like a motor race with no fuel. For long periods the lake’s surface was like a sheet of glass. A good entry of forty seven boats took to the water for this pursuit event, including many visitors in a wide selection of designs. These included an Albacore, an interesting prototype X1, two OK dinghies as well as entries of Lasers, Solos, Larks, Phantoms, RS200 and 100, plus a good turnout of local Cadets.
Race officer Tim Hemsley managed to set a course with a reasonable windward leg, although this varied crazily as the morning progressed. In the end the race was dominated by a local 2.4R mini-keelboat sailed by Frensham’s Richard Smallwood. His was an expert display of how to keep momentum going in wind zero conditions. Richard was followed by the first visitors a Lark sailed by Stuart and Nick Hydon, with Frensham’s Keith Videlo third in his Solo.
With lunch over the wind had finally died leaving only a few tiny zephyrs ranging through 360 degrees. The race officer took the committee boat to various points on the lake but in the end had no option but to abandon the event. A huge disappointment only lessened by reports of the same conditions everywhere in Southern England including the coast. A fine selection of prizes was presented by the event sponsors Guildford Marine and Henri Lloyd.
1st 2.4R, GBR 48 R. Smallwood Frensham
2nd Lark, 25 S & N Hydon Shustoke
3rd Solo, 4369 K. Videlo Frensham
4th OK, 2141 S. Davies Upper Thames
1st Cadets: Megan Ferguson & Charlotte Videlo 1st Age 17 – 21: Connor & Ollie Hudson