Perfect Racing Weather
Sunday May 7th, 10am and SAMM officials and competitors arrived at CTD for the third race day of the Spring 2017 season. The sky was blue, the sun warm, but where was the wind? Don't worry, the forecast said it was coming and by the time the first race was due to start it had arrived at a gentle 7 knots.
The two Sailfish 18's were first away at 11.45am followed 10 minutes later by one two man and five single handed dinghies for the planned four lap race. The Sailfish maintained their lead for the first lap, but were passed by three of the dinghies during the second lap. Due to the conditions the pace was slow and unexciting so the Race Officer shortened the race to three laps.
The wind was up to 9 knots by the start of the second race at 2.30pm and gradually increased to 12 knots, which produced the excitement missing in the first race. The Sailfish were again away first. Mistral got the best start but was soon overtaken by Sirocco. The Laser 2000 and RS Quba Kiwi had the best start of the six dinghies and these two and the Topaz Duo were soon fighting for the lead. The Skipper 12 was struggling, especially when trying to tack to get through the gate and lost so much time in the process that she retired after three laps. The finish was difficult, requiring a tack to finish up-wind. The RS Quba Kiwi got it wrong and hit the finish mark requiring a 360° penalty and re-finish. The RS Quba Lola almost did the same as did the Sailfish Mistral.
A bit of fun ensued when the Sailfish Sirocco twice dropped their boat hook overboard when trying to pick up their mooring under sail because the outboard would not start. Thankfully it was recovered both times by some skilful manoeuvring and they eventually were safely secured.
After the handicaps were applied the RS Quba Kiwi with Tug Wilson at the helm was found to have won both races despite the mishap at the finish of the second.
SAMM Spring Bash 2017
One of the regular highlights of the Sailing Association Mar Menor's social calendar is 'The Spring Bash' held every year over three days at the Hotel Costa Narejos.
The 2017 event kicked off with a picnic on Isla Perdeguera (Sardine Island) in the Mar Menor. Twelve boats, both sail and power, made their way over with 38 SAMM members on board for a picnic on the beach. There was a good wind going and an even stronger wind on the return trip. The sun shone all day and there was a wonderful ambience and everyone had a great time, especially Steve Creed who seemed to love falling in the water. He did it three times and his wife Sandy, who sat on the bow of the SAMM support boat on the return trip pretending to be Kate Winslet, ended up just as wet.
After the evening meal in the hotel, Commodore Paul Shard hosted a quiz competition with questions that forced the teams to think out of the box.
The regular SAMM monthly meeting was held on Wednesday morning, but the planned afternoon petanca competition was cancelled due to the high temperature. In the evening the members had a fabulous time at a Barn Dance with music and calling provided by the fantastic Ian Smith, supported by wife Carol and Bob Williams.
The diehards played a mini golf competition at Golf de Luxe, Los Alcazares and then continued on to the El Abasto Restaurant in La Aparecida for Menu del Dia where they were joined by more of the less energetic members.
A great time and great memories to recount in the future.