The truth about Whitefriars ...The Cotswold Federation Regatta... Ultra Laid-back Chris Latham ....never one to overstate anything gave a hint of the conditions but trust me they were awful.The sort of day where you either had the luck or missed out on everything. On the plus side Whitefriars laid on Sunshine, fabulous catering and that oh so friendly welcome.. 4 Frampton Moths , Daddy Perrott from Chippenham and New Boy from the No Home Sailing Club thought that on such an ideal Moth day we would do well...but the elements decided otherwise. Well I suppose we did do well but the School Report would have said "we could have done better". We tried hard,very hard but did not get those all important breaks. Star for me was Chris himself who seemed much happier in the new ship 755 ...he will get quicker for sure when we get to souping her up. Tony who generally goes well in these conditions seemed lost and frustrated like most of us at times but it was one of those days believe me. He ended up very respectfully as 3rd Moth behind Chris. New Boy was ..well New Boy ....all or nothing fast at times and as ever in the thick of it all but also appearing to be anchored sometimes. Andrew Perrott with Team Perrott on the shore had his moments too but suffered badly when mugged repeatedly by gaggles of Lasers and Solos especially in Race 2. Our specialist lightwind flyer Ian Haywood was not really on it all day and perhaps suffered the worst in the conditions. His day was topped by a capsize caused by a sudden gust ,resulting in a weed decorated mast top and Scruff in full mud camouflage. Ever keen Ian laughed it off ... Frampton ended up in 2nd place with Bowmoor winning but it was close...very close. Yours truly picked up the Veterans Trophy....with a 3rd and a win in the second race in a 2-Race programme. Overall honours went to Olly Hopkins in a Phantom from Bowmoor who did a fantastic horizon job on us in the first race to win and recorded a rare equal 2nd with Moth friend Rupert Whelan,Firefly,in the second. Despite the fickleness of the wind Whitefriars on this visit ,Whitefriars remains a great club, superb water and with ideal facilities.A great Moth venue ... we will back there soon for their Moth Open and Abby,s Bar-B-Que.
The real truth about whitefriars Wind was even worse than Roger has explained. Not sure you could even call it wind After Ians swim he said he was hit by a gust? Wish I was!!! It was fun to drift past 7 boats in one go but not so much fun when they returned the favour. As for positions I think the Frampton team may have pushed New Boy down a little as he beat Tony in both races. Just saying innit. New Boy The truth is out there