Record-breaking RCOD Fleet 2 Sep 2006
We were almost at full strength for the Bank Holiday Weekend with eight boats on the start line. The first race of the Week was lengthened by losing Mailspeed so we followed the intrepid Fleet Captain out into the North Sea where we homed in on Musto instead! Well, they both begin with ‘M’!
The rising winds made for interesting racing and while Colonel Melville took the honours for both the weekend and the week, all places were hotly contested.
The social highlights were the Class Dinner with the Cruisers, which was well attended and the new venture of a fund raising BBQ in Rice & Cole’s shed. The novelty of chocolate fountains and the excellent entertainment, not to mention superbly cooked steaks, ensured a great night was had by all and over Â£1000 raised in the process. This will help ensure the future of Coralie, currently undergoing restoration at Lowestoft.
The final Saturday proved no less taxing than the rest of the week with a force 9 gale imminent. Coram tested the mettle of her crew by filling up with water to the gunwales after a particularly vicious broach, alerted by a call from the cruiser, Seven Seas, ‘Roger the Rib’ Mant hastened to the scene with additional buckets and gamely exhorted the four man crew to bail faster! Apart from getting wet, boat and crew all returned safely and undamaged to the mooring. Corinna again took the honours, holding off Corpo Santo despite breaking the spinnaker halyard.