Area Reps Report
Hopefully these are the defining results from the Western Area for 2015. Apologies to all that I was unable to upload all the results in 2015 onto the old site.
The prize giving was held at the EOS where Will Loy presided over a lively bunch of sailors and combined the EOS prizegiving with the areas.
Andy miles, Western area Champion, was unable to join us, but I was able to go to South Cerney a few weeks later to present the trophy to him personally, having been invited to take part in their final race day before Xmas.
Western Area Trophy Presentation
The award of the Western Area Trophy was somewhat delayed due to my cock-up in having the wrong name engraved on the Trophy! I think this came about as the overall second place, Guy Lonsdale, won the last open of the season and this stuck in my mind when I was particularly busy and rushing to the engravers. Having got this sorted out I was invited to South Cerney for their last race weekend of the year to be able to apologise to the winner, Andy Miles, and present the Trophy in person.
The forecast promised an 8 kt southerly breeze, which would be a nice wind to compete on the lake in a very varied handicap fleet. Unfortunately the forecaster was a little optimistic and the wind only managed 2 – 3 kts. With the committee boat being removed for winter renovation it meant the R/O having to utilise the club race hut and unfortunately start with a downwind leg. Andy showed his true abilities and was able to be in the lead from the word go. Mike weeks was showing an astonishing burst of speed at times, but the only one ahead of Andy on Handicap was the Cadet, well sailed. In race 2, Andy was somewhat overshadowed by the Flying Fifteens at the start but sailed well wide in clear wind to then race exceptionally well to take second place again. In first place was Liz MacDonald (fresh from Coronation St) who went round the course playing a blinder, with a sail that had seen better days, but still performed admirably. She told me that a new sail was on order but parting with the old one would be like throwing away a favourite vest. There was a lovely buffet as a prelude to the Club’s prizegiving and AGM.
South Cerney sailors were the most prolific in the Western Area opens this year, taking the first three places and the Team Trophy, But it was Andy Miles who triumphed overall and deservedly took the honours, so it was with great pleasure that I presented the Trophy to him in front of his club members. Many thanks to South Cerney and in particular Vernon Perkins, their Solo Fleet Captain, who has been at the forefront of their fleet encouraging and cajoling them to attend the opens. 2016 Open meetings are now fixed and on the events page.