Sundowner 28th June 2019


The weather was fantastic with a blue sky and force four winds with the occasional lull to keep helms on their toes. We had a solid turn out with both a yacht race and 5 dinghies including four Laser Stratos Keels loaded with new sailors. 


The dinghies sailed from an exceptionally well organised launch under Hugh’s careful eye. All keelboats launched with a few new people in them.

The dinghy sailing was mostly gentle cruising, enjoying the weather and breeze while providing a fun experience to the new sailors. It was an interesting and enjoyable experience helming with people who’d never sailed before, I even threw a gybe in near the end.

John couldn’t resist and organised a short race between us, we thought we had him for a bit, after we decided to risk the tide staying outside the moorings rather than tack against an easterly wind close to the shore, outside the current, but his careful sailing and better racing tactics soon overcame the small lead we gained from that decision.

We even saw a cruise ship heading up river along with some tugs. I don’t know if the commercial traffic had any impact on the yacht race, but some of the dinghies did enjoy watching the cruise ship as it came past us.


Valencia, Marlin, Incisor, and Bolero contested the second diamond series race with both line honours and the handicapped win going to Valencia. It was great seeing so many sails from the water, and much nicer trying to keep clear of racing yachts than tugs and commercial shipping.


Many thanks to Paul who provided safety and Sara and team provided a lovely dinner after racing.

The full report for the Diamond Series race 2 can be found here:



 Writeup by Bryce, edited by John