After years of trying, ChrisD scores his first ever win!

Posted on August 23, 2015 7:27 pm

After years of trying, ChrisD scores his first ever win!

I loathed football at school and spent most games ‘lessons’ putting distance between me and the ball.

I still vividly remember however the one occasion when fate conspired to put the thing at my feet and by some co-incidence as unlikely as the beginnings of life, it ended up in the net. The rush was incredible.

Nearly half a century later and my endorphins are activated by competition with mother nature on the water, or occasionally other sailors.

Sunday was forecast to be un-sailable with gusts up to force eight predicted. It was windy, but not that bad, reaching six’s by the afternoon but starting the day quite manageable. Joyce said she was running a race, so race we must!

Only three boats were on the start sheet, Anthony in his widow-maker, Dave with John in his Miracle and yours truly with JohnP in a club Bahia. Just making up the numbers, you understand.

I watched Anthony tipping to 75 degrees or so in a big gust, recovering well and then doing a Tom Daley, performing a faultless backward dive off the boat with a perfect entry. Apparently he missed the toe straps with his pinkies and once you’re on your way you may as well do it in style.

On the runs both Anthony and Dave had quicker boats than the deep reefed Bahia, but winning is about staying power and the big winds proved too much for dinghies that can’t be de-powered. We won by actually finishing the course after they both retired. We still won though!

After lunch, with rising winds, there were some energetic displays by the old guard while a few of us did some safety boat exercises.

You only ever need to be really competent in the safety boat when it’s blowing a hooley, and you need the wind and waves to practice sometimes.

Funny how the most unpromising of forecasts gives the best days. I even need aftersun.

Chris Dauber
Teesdale Sailing Club