Dorchester Vintage Racing 2007

In among the aftermath of all the flooding around Abingdon & Oxford, 13 boats showed up for the Dorchester-on-Thames Vintage Merlin Meeting event on Saturday 28th July. The sky was peppered with cumulus & sunshine, the lake was topped up, and even the winds obliged with a constant 2-3 with the occasional gust to 4.


The first race was a general handicap, the second a pursuit race based on the times and positions of the first race, then finally a general handicap. The course set by OOD Colin Moss utilised the whole lake, including our infamous island, and worked well with the wind.

A couple of capsizes occurred and there were a few other near misses in the gusts and windshifts, but no damage was done. Lunch of freshly made Chilli on Jacket puds with hot chocolate covered balls to follow was taken after race one.


Cream teas preceded the prize giving after race three, and cups & wine were presented by Dave Musson, Commodore.

Thanks to Angela & Louise for the food. Thanks also to the AODís who manned the race box and the two safety boats, Angus, Jim, Les, George & Karin (who also helped out in the kitchen).

Report: Jeremy Wright
Photos: Les Martins
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