In September there are two very special Saturday racing days.
The Richard Lightwood trophy races are on Saturday 2nd September.
These commemorate Richard Lightwood, an enthusiastic sailor with the Club who died suddenly in 2006 aged 27 from the cardiac condition HOCM. The same sudden death had already struck down his twin brother.
In celebration of these two talented sportsmen I I hope we’ll be able to launch a good fleet.
Richard’s sailing motto, which is engraved on the cup, is reported as, “If you haven’t broken anything, you haven’t sailed hard enough.” But we don’t expect this to be applied to the club boats!
We will run 3 short races the best two results to count.
Of course, if you’d like to donate to either of the two relevant charities the sites are sadsuk.org.uk (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) and bhf.org.uk (the British Heart Foundation) or I will pass on any cash given me on the day.
Richard was a particularly enthusiastic supporter of young sailors and enjoyed seeing our juniors test and push themselves with their sailing, so it would be more than fitting to see as many of our junior and novice sailors taking part.
The second charity event is ‘Bart Bash’ on 16th September.
This supports the Andrew Simpson Foundation set up in memory of Olympic Gold and Silver medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson MBE who died during a training sail for the Americas Cup 4 years ago.
Through this Foundation thousands of young people across the world are given the chance to enjoy the life-changing challenges of sailing thus continuing Bart’s passion for encouraging and helping others fulfil their aims.
So, very much a sailing charity which we hope you will support.
If you want to find out more about the foundation and what it does click Barts Bash , maybe print off a poster to put up at your school / workplace.
Friends are more than welcome to join in as the event is meant to be very much fun first.
Details will follow but we’re thinking of holding the Barts Bash event at 11 o’clock with BBQ to follow then normal Saturday races in the afternoon.
So, Quite a day then, and one that we’d very much like to see as a day-long social event. ‘Barts Bash’ race, BBQ, Saturday afternoon racing, general sailing/pottering and an evening BBQ if you want to stay on.
Both events support the types of initiatives that we love to indulge in here at Manor Park – fun sailing, a family environment, and pressure-free racing so come on down and enjoy two superb events that allow us to both celebrate our sport and give a little back to the types of people that inspired us in the first place.