Opening the curtains on the morning of 11th September revealed heavy rain and leaden skies – typical HBBR weather. However by lunchtime the rain had moved eastwards and skies had cleared to give a gloriously warm and sun drenched afternoon. The wind was just right for some spirited sailing although a bit intimidating for those of restricted beam. Sunday was forecast to be somewhat lighter – although in the end it could be best described as variable, as was the cloud cover. Since Watercraft mag has introduced an innovation prize in the Beale ABBA comp it is perhaps worth mentioning Tim O’Connor’s Walt Simmons canoe fitted with the Hobie Mirage drive – relaxed recumbent canoing at its best – and Jeremy Harris’s high efficiency electric drive to be fitted in his new hull, we look forward to seeing this in action at a future meet.
The barbeque was well appreciated and copious quantities of food were consumed washed down by the beverage of choice. Attendance was good with some 15 boats on the water over the weekend. Thanks are due to Paul and Dilys who looked after the organising, Tim for bringing the Rain insurance (unused Marquee) and not least the Waterland people for use of their facilities. Pictures tell the tale better than words so here are a selection from the weekend.
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