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Quote “I think that the majority of the silver and bronze sailors though that the harbour race on Thursday was the best race of the week. The gold, silver, bronze format seemed to be well received and we will keep this for the Worlds in 2010”.

We took our boat out of its box for the second time in 5 yrs (thats marriage for you) and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Great to see Mike Mac in a wooden boat still winning but all credit to Mike’s sailing ability – we were not so good/practised and no where in the same league! While back to our old position at the back of the fleet we felt we had the boat speed at times but made a mess of everything else!! At least we could see lots that we could improve on!!

We had a great week though and it reminded us of why we always enjoyed sailing a Wayfarer- great people and close racing. Was slightly concerned when our name was called out during the prizegiving and we thought they must have a new prize for the boat that had the most to improve – but no we won the last /lowest prize – 3rd in the bronze fleet. What a great idea to spread the prizes down the fleet and effectively give everyone something to race for!

The whole event inspired us and we immediately returned to Parkstone to do the next Wednesday race (our 1st club race in 5 yrs.) While late in the season to start racing we immediately also entered Poole week.

Hopefully our experiece was also enjoyed by others at the back of the fleet and they will also enter other events. While numbers need improving the Falmouth week was great and enjoyable and I am sorry so many missed a great week.

Jane had a sail in the Hartley boat after one race and initial impressions are that its an easy balanced boat to sail but as Mike Mac (and others in earlier events have proved) its always its the twit on the helm that make the difference. John Gauldie in a older plus S and the Barkers in an old GRP Mk1 showed the Wayfarers are still a fairly matched fleet with the crew/helm being the biggest factor by far and not the Mk of boat But best of all – with the Gold/Silver/Bronze fleets everyone has something to race for.

Hopefully this will soon be reflected in greater numbers having a go and anyone seeing us sail so badly will quickly realise that they can easily sail as well as us and have a good chance of competing for some trophy.

Thanks to all that helped organise the event.

Postscript : We also booked tickets to the Falmouth event tent for the Soul night and the 70s & 80s night both great especially the fancy dress for the 70’s & 80’s night but on passing the watersport centre we saw a free invite to another Soul night. During a band break we went there and enjoyed a group giving there all for no charge and being thoroughly entertaining even if not 100% professionally polished. One of the little female singers we thought was fantastic – imagine our suprise to be served coffee the next morning at Restronget by the same girl helping out in the galley.

Please lets have more events/competition like Falmouth week.

Postscript 2 – read the race report and as the norm only mentions the leaders. I once did an article “From the back of the fleet”. Please lets encourage others who will never be up with the best to write a report of each event “from the back of the fleet” to describe the real fun of competing even when you are not up with the front runners but still having a great and enjoyable time. Hopefully such reports will give positive encouragement to others to have a go at racing even when they know the have limited ability /experience.

Roger & Jane W8619 – Wide Buoy Too