“Tis the season to find out which of my friends and family will come and rescue me!”
– Valeria & family (via Facebook)
A big thanks to everyone who took the time to enter. It was great to see so many brilliant entries, with other worthy mentions including:
- “Are you sure we can catch fish like this?” – Paul (via Facebook)
- “Ray, how come I’m doing the float test?” – Richard (via Facebook)
- “Help! I can feel the piranhas nibbling at my toes!” – Valeria & family (via Facebook)
Unfortunately, there was no sailing today due to a thick layer of ice on the lake, but on the plus side, it made for a stunning photo as the Sun set this evening (courtesy of Denis).
The Icicle Trophy certainly lived up to its name this year, with large sheets of ice present on most of the dinghies in the boat park as we arrived at CSC this morning, but that wasn’t enough to dissuade our hardy members from rigging up and getting out on the lake ready to race.
In a change from the usual format, this year’s Icicle Trophy was made up of 3 short races of ~20 minutes, with a 1 minute countdown (instead of 5) and a short break of just a 3-4 minutes between each to keep down time to a minimum in the near freezing conditions.
Showing just how competitive racing is at CSC, there was barely 6 seconds (with CY applied) between 1st and 3rd place in each of the races, but it was Richard who managed to overtake Neil at the last possible moment to win the third race by a nose to take this years trophy with two firsts and a third.
Congratulations Richard, our 2017 Icicle Trophy champion!
Last Sunday was the first race meeting of 2017 at Croydon Sailing Club, which of course meant it was time for the Pond Pounders Pot!
The lower wind conditions meant that mastery of the 5 essentials was, well, essential, in gaining an advantage over other members, and after just over an hour of racing it was Tony (Byte CII) who showed he had what it takes, taking first place ahead of Derek (Comet) in second and Neil (Laser) in third.
So, congratulations to Tony and a happy new year from everyone at CSC.
After the short Christmas break, sailing resumes next Sunday, 8th January 2017, with the Pond Pounders Pot! The race will run for approximately 1 hour from around 10:30, followed by a New Year social from 12:30 onwards.
Happy New Year, see you on Sunday.