2012 RCOD Regatta 26 Jun 2012
There was a strange sense of déjà vue to the start of the Regatta with strong winds in June! Coram, Corindelle and Corsair made it off the moorings but as Will Wallis decided to take Coram for an early jaunt down to the Roach, only two started, both fully reefed.
After a close race, a recently launched & repaired of leaks Corsair took the line honours, and by the afternoon the wind had moderated enough for Corinna to venture forth. We shook out the reefs, which I regretted not long after as the gusts howled down the Roach and made getting back onto the moorings entertaining.
Colonel Melville however, sallied forth and showed us all how it should be done, with Coram racing well into second despite some interesting gybes! Corsair and Corindelle maintained the comradeship at the tail end, Class Captain Barry Lewis having had the foresight to retain the reef.
Unfortunately Corindelle was the only one to brave the start line in the teeth of the gale on Sunday morning and Barry thought better of that once clear of the moorings and having trouble tacking. Thus it was Corsair that had the honour of being presented the Seabird Shield for the 2012 Regatta.
On Saturday evening a good number of RCOD owners, crew, and friends enjoyed dining together, pleased that the Commodore, Robert and Tracy, joined them. During the evening Robert commended the Class for doggedly persevering with the restoration which John Heathfield started in 20XX. With eight boats on the water, Coryphee to be launched soon after a refit and Cormorant available for sale or charter, the possibility of ten boats actively sailing during this season was realistically possible to achieve.
He went on to stress the importance to the Club of the RCOD Class, being our one design fleet, and the recognition that the class should be central to the Club’s activities.