Sunday 3rd January 2016 brought together skippers, some from Norfolk and the Binks brothers from Eastbourne Club joined more local club members to make up a fleet of 21 boats to contest The Oliver Lee Trophy.
The day started dry, but showers started as the first heat gathered on the start line. By the 4th race the wind had increased and almost everyone had changed to the second rig.
At the lunch break they were ready for the mulled wine and mince pies, provided by the club. At this point 5 boats had retired from the event for an assortment of reasons ranging from failed electrics to broken booms.
After lunch the wind increased and constant heavy rain set in making the afternoon even more testing for all those who were out in it. All of the skippers should be congratulated for keeping the racing significantly free of collisions on what was a very taxing day.
After a very testing day, Colin Goodman was declared the worthy winner of the Oliver Lee Trophy with 14 pts with Phil Playle 2nd, also on 14 pts. Ken Binks 3rd with 16 pts.
The finish line and the scoring was taken care of by two ladies (Lyn Childs and Ann Dennis) who got almost as wet as the sailors. Cathy provided the quickly devoured mince pies. Andy Brown who runs a marquee hire company made the day a lot more comfortable by providing one of his gazebos to shelter under when we were not racing.
It is safe to say that more than our boats got a little wet Sunday. The whole day was marked by good racing and even better humour along with impeccable manners resulting in all incidents being resolved on the water.
Report by Mike Palfrey & John Richmond