Josh is Victorious as the Bartley Bear shows its Teeth to Storm Dennis
What a weekend! We hope all our membership survived without too much disruption and were saved from any floods or falling debris. As Steve's post mentioned Saturday was just too windy but Sunday was sailable - just!
5 mad fools set off for the Bartley Bear sprints; 2 laser 4.7s of Josh and Harrison, 2 Laser Radials of Ollie and Simon, and Sean going for full on, fully batterned Supernova.
After launching the squalls soon started to come in with torrential rain and spray blowing off the wave crests. The famous five lined up on the start and, after a slog up the first beat, let the sail out onto the reach providing swift acceleration to terminal velocity to the gybe mark really testing our boat handling skills! And so the day progressed; quick 12 minute races of full concentration, full speed, and full on wipe-outs, mixed with some great match racing and excellent starts.
At the end it was anyone's guess who had won but in the conditions it was clear that the 4.7s were holding their own on handicap. With Josh and Harrison tied on points the results went to countback with Josh taking the win.
You may think we were a bit bonkers, but we were not the only ones... looking up the reservoir there was a steady stream of wetsuited warriors in high-vis orange tabards propelling their stand-up paddle boards around the perimeter in their winter series race. It was just fantastic to see so many people on the water showing their passion for water-sports whatever the met office could throw at us.
As the worn out participants returned to shore they were welcomed by the freshly painted clubhouse and warm food and drink from Tilly's - a great end to an epic day.
Thanks to all who organised and helped on rescue - we were working hard and it was cold - you must have been frozen!