|There were 10 entrants in the latest YSC regatta, each of
whom took on the challenge of piloting a virtual America's Cup boat round a
rather interesting course. For many, wrestling with the large spinnaker
was much easier than working out where they were supposed to be going. It
was agreed though that the arrow indicating wind direction, which turned green
when you were making optimum speed, would be a useful addition to any
regatta. The winner of the champagne, who chose his boat on the grounds
that it was flying a YSC burgee (some would say it was Swedish) put in an
unbeatable time despite being over at the start and colliding with the other
boat. If this is how he wins races, watch out when Corsair is launched.
(Image courtesy Mark Wells)
Joe Farrow (left) gets the inside berth at the downwind mark, for a record breaking lap time
Full results: 1. Joe Farrow (5
mins, 44 secs) 2. Arthur Wells (5.56) 3.
Mark Wells (6.25) 4. John Tunwell (6.53) 5. Alfie
Dion-Wells (7.03) 6. Bob Soutar (7.19) 7. Harriet
Wells (7.37) Ret. Basha Dion-Wells, Oscar Knights, Tony
Knights (in a fit of pique)
Those who didn't feel up to the stresses of racing were
able to take up the challenge of Bob's quiz. 30 Broads place names were
hidden behind cryptic clues and this kept many quiet for the remainder of the
evening. It was too much for some, but the fastest set of fully correct
answers was handed in by the combined Wisp and Puck team, who therefore walked
off with the liqueur chocolates.
Elsewhere in the evening, there was the AGM, some first
class beer, a good lot of socialising and an excellent meal. The desserts
were particularly irresistible, tempting many who thought they were going to be
immune. The venue (courtesy of Mark Wells) was noted to be very up-market
for the YSC, but was nevertheless approved of. Next stop: the Turkey
Race. Hope to see you there.