Race Report from Sea View 12 June 2022

The Bar 4 way match on 12 June 2022 against the Law Society, Sheffield University Alumni and The Civil Engineers took place against a backdrop of sparkling sunshine and a light breeze which made for perfect sailing weather. The Bar team was helmed by Crispin Winser QC, Rory Caslin, now a well established if junior member of the team and new member Will Knatchbull who made his mark in the match against Seaview in May. We also welcomed Kirsty Sutherland who crewed for Crispin with Andrew Venables.The young Bar is now well established in the Team. 

A last minute hitch caused by the lack of a 12th yacht due to a dismasting by previous charterers was ingeniously solved with a seemingly complex but practically seamless arrangement of one team standing out and then swapping yachts with a team that had completed the earlier race. In this way two round Robins were sailed of 6 races each making a total of twelve races on a short square course of one lap which is a record for the number of races sailed in this event. As the day progressed the sailing became increasingly competitive and after an excellent lunch a red testosterone mist descended on the third mark in the Bar v Sheffield race resulting in protests being lodged. Calm was restored when the Commodore pointed out that there is no protest committee and so no protests would be heard. The day ended with Sheffield winning all their heats, The Bar came second and the Law Society and Engineers drew with one win each. The Captains of each team expressed their thanks to the club for organising a really splendid day’s sailing and pledged to return in what is now a fixture in the calendar for us all.