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@Fantasia wrote:

Thank you for the reports Ray. It sounds as if you all had agreat time sailing; but what happened off the water? Were there some good socials and are there any images? I hope that my boat behaved herself with her guest crew!

Cheers, John

Hi John your guest crew behaved impeccably – Jim and Linda sailed beautifully and were excellent company off the water. Your boat seemed to be going well as did various other woodies at the Champs.

The off-water facilities at WPNSA were excellent (although we had to queue for showers and toilets – presumably they will add extra facilities for the Olympics). It was great to have exclusive use of the venue.

Breakfasts and evening meals were excellent – we had all our meals there apart from one evening when the organising committee went to the Heights Hotel for an evening meal. Stunning views over Chesil beach and good food. Highlights of the social scene were the fancy dress Pirate night and the Hog Roast international evening. Lots of singing sea chanties and the Wayfarer song.

We were delighted with the prize giving evening on Friday – everyone stayed on after dinner for the prize giving and the room was packed out.

Another highlight was the daily briefings at 0915 by Race Officer, Frank Newton, which everyone turned up for because they were so good. We must invite Frank to be our after-dinner speaker when we next have a big Wayfarer social event. HIs best moment was his description of his conversations with the naval authorities over underwater weapons trials going on in Portland Harbour. We were asked to keep out of a specified area where the trials were taking place, but at various times people reported that a football chased by a high powered RIB was cutting through the fleet. Frank reported that he had complained to the authorities when yet again the football turned up in the racing area and received the reply – “I am sorry, we have lost control of our missile!”