South Staffs Burgee
South Staffordshire Sailing Club
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Winner - Amateur Crew
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2nd Place - Amateur Crew
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Winner - Amateur Helm

April Fool's Race

The conditions were perfect for this first April Fool's race with the sun shining upon the light ripples and a gentle South Westerly breeze blowing across the lake. With 18 boats in total signed up to start the race, 5 amateur helm and 13 crew, it had all the makings of a great morning and it did not disappoint.

In true South Staffs fashion, the shifting wind caused a few problems for the OOD but Mike Owen did a great job setting a perfect course for the competitors.

There was close competition at the front, middle and back of the fleet and everyone seemed to be involved in their own little tussle with the boats around them. It was great to see so many of the amateur crew flying the spinnakers and actively getting involved. It was extremely tight between the first three boats with Heather Morris and Tony Hotchkiss leading Alison Hayward and Mike Moscardi right up until the last few laps of the race, although it was all down to the PY handicap at the end with Carl Taylor and Dodge (Paul Own) taking the honours in GP13803.

Michelle Evans took the prize for first amateur helm with Nick Brandon in the crew position finishing just six seconds ahead of Richard Hales and Kate Edge.

It really was a great morning and pleasing to see so many smiles as the boats were taken off the water. Even April Fool's Simon Massey and Tim Crossley were still smiling as they dragged their boat up the jetty and emptied the water from the boat back into the lake. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the experience and we look forward to seeing you again very soon.

Amateur Crew

1st Carl Taylor (Dodge) Paul Owen
2nd Alison Hayward Mike Moscardi
3rd Heather Morris Tony Hotchkiss

Amateur Helm

1st Michelle Evans Nick Brandon
2nd Richard Hales Kate Edge
3rd Victoria Boyle Martin Lichfield

Mark Nichols - 02nd April 2012

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