Commodores Platter Update

Commodores Platter Update Sun 12th Sept 2010

Commodores Platter Sunday 12th September 2010

At 11.15 on Sunday morning twelve boats crossed Clacton Sailing Club’s start line to contest the Commodores Platter with half the fleet consisting of youngsters who had attended various sail training events organised by the Club during the summer.

An off-shore breeze of around force 3 with gusts reaching force 4 provided a calm sea but tricky conditions at the Seaward mark where the full force of the wind revealed itself forcing most of the new recruits to take an involuntary swim at some time during the race. These novices were in good company as the Clubs membership secretary, Stelios Tabis helming his Dart catamaran was also caught by one of the gusts and had a very watery vantage point from which to watch his daughter Laura sail by in her Topaz dinghy on her way to 3rd place.

This combination of a moderate breeze and calm seas favoured the Dart 18 catamarans that had entered and despite being required to sail two extra laps than the small mono hulls on corrected time they gained the first two places. Family duo John and Sue Sewell took first place followed 59 seconds later by another family duo Martin and Simon Chivers. Despite the some what challenging conditions most of the new sailors coped with their problems in a most seaman like manner and acquitted themselves well.