Crawley Mariners – Topper Open meeting 21st April 2019
Arriving at Hedgecourtlake at 8:20 I was surprised but pleased to find Alan Carlile, David Fisher and Harry Warnett preparing power boats and the galley being prepared by Alison Larkin and Lorraine Gatton. Terry Gatton was setting up ready to cook bacon butties. Not so pleasing was to see the mirror surface to the lake. There was little point in considering delaying racing as the forecast was for an uninspiring 6mph all day, better than the 4mph predicted the day before. As the morning progressed some ripples appeared and spirits lifted.
With a weather forecast of 20+mph gusting 40+mph and the potential of no sailing many decided to not come, thank you to all those who responded to my email, it made it easier to manage the day. As you can see from the photo Nick managed to entertain the Oppie sailors who turned up, they did also venture on to the water for some paddling, towing and bin bag sailing.