With eight sailors and eight Minisails the turn-out for the MS Nationals 2016 at Staunton Harold was ok. There were two spint MII, one Monaco MII, three wooden cockpit sprites, one wooden dished decked sprite and one Meson. . . And a Flipper, not a Minisail but a scow nevertheless.
Always good to meet the UK friends again.
Plus, sailing among eight Minisails and a handfull of CVRDA boats (or a handfull of Minisails along the CVRDA boats, it’s relative) is a privilige and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
Minus the racing but that’s a personal matter all together; Being continuously the last one in a mixed fleet where the MS is the lowest rated is no fun, boring even.
Let’s see if the only single gen of competitiveness in me now wakes up and let me get a regular boat to go competition sailing in it and return next year in a MS and try again.
That pathetic personal rant now said it was obvious the fleet of boats at the 2016 Nationals were a representative live Minisail museum, all of them in working order -including the individual odd bits of string that go with them.
A GRP dished decked Monaco was missing (I’ll bring one next year…maybe) as was a Sprint MI but Mat’s GRP Monaco made up for that.
Meeting all of you was a pleasure, the AGM was significant and under time pressure since the bbq was going cold.
Special mention to Chris and Sylvia who were there, our cheering girls (also thinking about trevial matters as getting something to eat: Thank you both).
Thank you Jane and Peter for organizing it and taking well care of us. Thank you David and Rupert for keeping the flame alive.
And yes, please Tom try to be at the Nationals with the Alpha next year, we missed you.
Ah, well in a relaxed way somehow.
With hardly any wind and the Minisails strapped on the trailer I decided to take Bertha out for a sail.
Mind I made a quick and dirty spare center board for the Meson today. I might need one in case the original gives the ghost during next weekend.
Three irregular figures got together in Wormer near Amsterdam for a great weekend of sailing.
We had some adventurous days on the water, both on the wild side and in the slow motion spectrum of adventuring (there were moments when I saw water spiders overtaking me in the Meson and have also seen Dean’s worried face
while he clung to the top of a yacht mast when it was about to tip over).
That mixed with camaraderie, after all that is half of what these gatherings are about, made it complete.
The obvious absence of any guests showing up was dissapointing but didn’t discolour the weekend, we adjusted the agenda at random.
Thank you Frans for the hospitality, for sorting things out with your club and the camp site plus the extras you added.
I’m just back from another great weekend of sailing ‘camaraderie’, as
Ronny correctly described it.
A little bit more wind would have been nicer, but the beautiful location and excentric company made up for it. Saturday’s social was at a local Chinese restaurant serving excellent food in large portions. (And very cheap drinks!)
Sunday’s mast climbing shenanigans nearly ended with me swinging onto the neighbouring yacht’s family breakfast table. I would have had egg on my face if it hadn’t been for some frantic counterbalancing from my two sailing buddies!
All-in-all a very positive weekend for everyone involved. Including my wife and dog.
All images Courtesy of Dean Martin.
The 2016 Europeans will be in the Netherlands in Wormer.
Wormer is a city 30 km North from Amsterdam, hometown of our Dutch Minisail sailor Frans Stoop. The sailing will be on a wide and shallow stretch of water called “Het zwet”.
We will be staying on a camping site on the edge of the lake, offering all sailing facilities.
Arrival would be Friday afternoon or evening, sailing and racing on Saturday and Sunday, departure Sunday afternoon/evening.