Club Sailing 27th September

Posted on September 28, 2020 7:21 pm


Club Sailing 27th September

It has to be said that the forecast for today was quite daunting, at least in terms of the temperature if not the wind. After warm summer and early autumn the predicted 10 degrees centigrade suggested that winter had arrived early. The thought of a cold northerly wind with a tricky beat off the beach was enough to shiver the timbers. So it was with trepidation that we left a dull overcast and frankly nithering Durham to arrive at a sunny Teesdale with a benign wind that had almost forgotten it’s arctic origins. Before long boats were rigging and launching. Even the club Bahia slipped into the water for it’s first sail of the season. Emboldened by the thought of a long spinnaker reach Libby and Adam hauled enthusiastically on the uphaul…..only to discover that the spinnaker was still ashore! Meanwhile yours truly was staring at the end of a hose pipe wondering why no water was coming out…I soon found out!!! Amazingly the Bahia came back up the hill faster than it went down. We also discovered that even crossing the building site it still only takes the same number of people to move a Bahia as it normally does…five!
Speaking of building sites: work is progressing on our new boat park and slipway. The boat park is being levelled and the hard core base is going down. The outline of the slip way is discernible, and the beach taking shape. Things are a little behind schedule I understand, but nothing to be worried about.
Some landlocked sailors spent the day painting the outside of the changing rooms, completing the wood store roof, and doing some cosmetic work inside the clubhouse. We even started cutting up some of the old tenders ready for disposal. Amazingly, considering that horrible forecast, lunch could be taken outside in the warmth and sunshine and as always Teesdale looked wonderful.
Hopefully this is a precursor to the Grassholme Cup next Sunday. Get your sailing kit ready. We hope to see you there.
RNH
27/9/20