Locke Trophy and other sailing news
Published 13:22 on 23 Sep 2020
Very few people stayed dry on Saturday in the one and only Locke Trophy that we've been able to stage this year. Three short, sharp races around inflatable marks at Sweare Deep, under the watchful gaze of Bill Tucker and team, as well as a full complement of safety boats. The NE wind proved gusty and caught many out, including one dismasting. Congratulations to all that took part, and particularly 'well done' to Patrick Bonner - three firsts out of three was superb sailing in the conditions. Full results at https://www.emsworthsc.org.uk/results-2020/locke-trophy
Sunday was a bit calmer, though the big Autumn Equinox tide didn't help 45 boats trying to round Echo as the first mark is probably too many... Once round that the fleet spread out - Simon and Sara Townsend won on the water, but the winner of the new series 'New Normal' was Ben Oakley in his Devoti D-Zero. Results at https://www.emsworthsc.org.uk/points-series-1/new-normal
Alongside the racing was Time on the Tide and some Junior training - it was great to see so many boats on the water in September.
This coming weekend the tides aren't helpful, so there is no scheduled racing.
Sailing away from ESC
Ben Millard and Eliza South took part in the 29er Grand Prix at Weymouth over the weekend, though in separate boats - 20 knots of wind both days led to big grins and tired limbs. Well done to them both - results at https://29eruk.ourclubadmin.com/fetchEventDoc.php?e=240&eventdocument=410
Calling all trophies! If you have a trophy from last year, we'd like it back, please... They'll be polished, engraved and photographed, and made ready for 2020's prizes. We're unlikely to have a formal prize-giving this year with the current restrictions, but we're planning alternatives. We're still missing the Bowman Plate - it's a silver dish, probably in a blue box. If you have it, we'd be grateful.
Our Bosun isn't very well, so while we wish him a swift recovery, we're pleased to welcome Paul Truscott who's kindly offered to help out with the necessary, unseen, work to keep the sailing side of things running - filling up with fuel, flushing the engines, checking the boats, and so on.
You can help us by reporting any issues you find on the safety or hire boats - there are QR codes in the workshop and sail store to point your phone camera at and open the form, or go directly to https://bit.ly/ESCissue
Hon Sailing Secretary