September and October 2016 Sailing to end the season.
As autumn approaches there are times when tides do not allow Seasalter sailors to set sail, with daylight hours shortening. On 11thSeptember a group decided instead to walk the Saxon Shore way from the club along the Swale coastline, following the seawall as far as the Nature Reserve. There were opportunities to watch egrets on the shore and seals basking on the sandbanks. The circular walk then cut across fields and eventually returned to the club after approx. 6 miles. Some chose to return earlier, the weather being extremely hot and not conducive to walking elderly dogs or young grandchildren! A picnic on the balcony was followed by watching the sun go down in the evening.
The 18 September was “Barts Bash”. An opportunity to support a charity set up in memory of Andrew Simpson. This event raised money for disabled sailors and was well supported by our club members.
29th October saw Seasalter sailors at their best, sailing in Halloween costume in advance of the celebration afterwards. The wind was absent but boats mysteriously moved on a mirror calm sea with no horizon. Sailing was followed by festivities in the club and superb food – deadmens’ fingers in rolls, plus other delicacies too grisly to mention, our thanks to Julie, Steve and Sarah. The weekend continued with un-seasonally warm weather for October without a breath of wind, however this did not deter a record number of sailors from enjoying a float around the Swale.
Little did we know what was around the corner. The following weekend, 5th November brought almost arctic conditions in comparison. A Force 6 gale and choppy north westerly seas deterred most sailors, who remained ashore whilst the “select” (=mad?) few battled the elements. 2 catamarans launched with only 1 finishing both races, tough guy Paul S! The 2 dinghy sailors, Steve and Julie on the Laser ll and Jason on the Laser Pico battled to the bitter end, Steve and Julie beaten by only 24 seconds in the first race and victorious in the second race, by 3 seconds. Jason, for some reason found the cold conditions ideal for capsizing as he continued to upturn his boat, at least 5 times, we lost count.
Congratulations however to Jason for winning the series trophy and providing entertainment for the spectators in the clubhouse. Well done to Steve, Julie and Paul for making the last sail of the year a blast!