Hi All,

Well that’s it, another Christmas over and another year comes to an end.  I hope you have all enjoyed a great holiday period.  The Boxing Day Race was well attended, both by some really avid sailors and a hardy group of members who completed the Walkaround of the Lake followed by Mince Pies and Mulled Wine.

There were 17 boats that started a 80 minute Pursuit Race, with freshening winds that increased steadily during the race from a good 3-4, gusting 5-6 occasionally.  Four Optimists started the race, two of them after racing for nearly two hours in extremely strong winds finished in Third & Fourth Place overall.  Harry Marlow took a well-deserved Third place overall and Oscar Cawthorne took Fourth place overall.  It has to be said that our young sailors are proving to be extremely keen and proficient who are a credit to their families and to Shustoke Sailing Club. Really “Well Done” to the Oppie sailors!

The Race was won overall by Stuart Hydon in a Lark crewed by Anne Biglin, “Well Done” to Stuart & Anne!  Second place went to Chris Biglin in a Solo; the Solos had an interesting and hard fought race.  Adrian Padro pushed Chris but succumbed to the freshening winds a couple times and capsized.  Cole Briscoe and Jon Cawthorne also pushed the Solos all the way.  The Phantoms were just outclassed on Boxing Day but they certainly enjoyed a great race.  Surprisingly, young Callum Padro who only weighs in at 12 stone nothing sailed his Dad’s Phantom and finished the race, even though he suffered at least 4 capsizes.

Thanks must go to all those people who worked to make our Boxing Day a great success, from the OD, Tim Mardon, his rescue cover, Peter Dunn & Peter Smith, through to Judith and her team in the galley conjuring up the warm mince pies and Mulled Wine.  Let’s not forget Mike either, our Bar Manager who is an essential and integral part of our club.

Boxing Day goes down as a great success – 17 boats is an impressive turnout, especially in those conditions.   Do you think we might make it 20 plus boats next year?  Thanks go to all of you who came and sailed on Boxing Day.


Chris Padro
Rear Commodore Sailing