It would be hard to choose what had been the best moments of the inaugural BRCL Christmas Handicap event.
The writing was on the wall that we were in for an event with a difference. No fewer than 9 Burwain skippers turned out (the best turn out of the year). With the addition of Eric Austwick who, once again, made the journey across from Fleetwood, we were in double figures on the start line.
The clubhouse took on a festive atmosphere with a large table that soon became laden with contributions for a post racing party. Mice pies, Christmas cake, presents, crackers, games all arrived seemingly from nowhere as skippers clearly had decided to bring more than just their boats. We even had Christmas Carols while rigging up, courtesy of Peter Hilton's radio!
But on to the racing. It was agreed that the format for the handicap was simply as follows: the first race would be run under normal rules with finishing positions determining the starting positions in the second race. Whoever finished first in the first race would start the second race last, with all other finishing positions being reversed accordingly. All boats would cross the start line at 10 second intervals.
Despite 10 competitors meaning that the last to start crossed more than a minute and a half behind the leader it was nevertheless demonstrated that from last position it was still possible to win a race.
This, in part, was due to the breeze being so light that some results were due as much to good fortune as they were to good sailing. With only 6 races completed before a total lack of wind curtailed the event, for once, there were no complaints. It simply meant we had more time to celebrate the end of year festivities and a good time was had by all.
It was agreed that we should do it all again next year and perhaps even again at Easter. Roll on April!