Frensham Pond Open Meeting

11th /12 th May

Frensham’s annual 2.4mR open meeting attracted another good entry this year with 19 boats over the 11th and 12th May. It was great to see visitors from as far as West Kirby and new entrants (Jazz and family) from Newhaven and Seaford. The class measurer Keith came from Tewksbury for some 5 yearly float tests. Even the lovely takeaway curry organized by Kate Hedley on the Saturday evening produced very little wind for the Sunday.

As forecast, Saturday’s late afternoon racing saw the best, or should I say ‘least frustrating’ day of the two throughout the weekend. The six races ‘on the whole’ were close, really close in the sunny light airs, especially on the Sunday proving challenging not only for the fleet but the race officer Jeremy Hudson and team who had to deal with 180 degree shifts throughout the day. The fact that they got all the races completed was an absolute miracle. Though I think the majority of the fleet were pleased by having to choose just four of the six races to count in the conditions.

Now I’ve stressed that ‘on the whole’ the racing was close. It was, bar one remarkable competitor who despite being up with the lark doing important duties for the club’s annual open day went out and won all five races with a considerable lead deciding to abstain the sixth race and give someone else a chance! Her name is Megan Pascoe and how does she do it, we just don’t really know. Second place and a long way second was Bruce Hill followed closely in third by Sir (should be knighted by now) Steve Bullmore, who spent his discards re roping his own steering (rather than someone elses) and then Martin Whittingham Jones from West Kirby.

Our next event is with the newly established fleet in Wales at Llangorse (8th and 9th June) where the mystery may continue.