FLASHBACK TO LIGHTS ON THE LAKE(S)
Late notes and photo’s from Carl (thanks ) from Dover & our own Lights on the Lake events.
Dover was attended by 8 of our members, although some of us were there well before dark (3pm) the Dover MBA crew were not there until at least 4:30pm which did leve us wondering if anyone was going to turn up. A good evening of sailing on Dover MBA’s home water in a lovely setting (nice clear water too!) our very own John Boyd received an award for best visiting boat!
HMBC LIGHTS ON THE LAKE & FUN 500
A bitterly cold and breezy afternoon/evening, We had several new runners for the Fun Club 500 this year, Ray and Jay Taylor and Junior Member Leon Brunger – with Leon racing his boat for the first time! Race one was over as it started for Ray and Jay as they collided at the start line and both turned over – Father and son taking each other out! The father and son issues continued in the second race with Carl and Leon having the wrong controllers so both were driving boats but effectively looking at the wrong ones! By the end of the first lap this was all sorted.
Leon came second overall – not bad for his first race session with Graham and Carl level 1st. Thank-you to Ray Stockley and Jay Taylor for doing the timing and lap counting.
Once the carnage was over the more subdued lights event began. Plenty of members down the lake and general public, even Sir Roger Gale made an appearance! We were also joined by members of Dover and Kent Model boat Display. Peter Swarbrick once again had a disco launch, however this year’s effort was based upon a Thames City Cruises vessel. Sadly the lake was a little choppy and the waves went over the bulwarks and Peter nearly lost the boat to Memorial Park Lake, though with the assistance of several members we managed to recover it before it completely sank. Ray Darvell and Ray Stockley were kind enough to lay on soup and bacon sarnies which helped against the cold wind.