MyMorbic - OGA River Dart Rally August 2023
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Chasing each other around the marks at your club is fine. Try combining racing with “exploring foreign waters”; it takes the pleasure of sailing to a higher level.
River Dart . Click to enlarge
Darting around with “Old Gaffers".
Friday evening -
The long weekend began with participants meeting for the Welcome Drinks Party in the organiser’s extensive garden, right behind Dittisham Sailing Club. Later, some who were still hungry found food at nearby pubs.
The morning was free for whatever one wished.
A mid-day briefing was followed by a Parade of Sail in front of crowds gathered for the Dittisham Village Regatta.
Competitors then moved swiftly upriver toward the race start line.
Evening included a prize-giving. The three Morbics were applauded, and awarded mugs, for sailing in conditions so challenging that some craft had not attempted it – Well done the three Morbics!
Fun and Frolicks.
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Traditionally begins with breakfast at The Red Lion, conveniently situated in the village centre; so central is it that it also operates a busy mini-market and Post Office.
A large breakfast might not be conducive to sailing but with lovely waters to explore, and the lure of an up-river pub lunch, how can one resist?
The winds had calmed a little since Saturday but still demanded caution, and most craft sailed with at least one reef.
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Does this look like an event you’d like to try next August?
Accommodation - There are free pitches close to the river for tents and camper-vans. The less hardy seek local bricks and mortar.
Interested? - Expand your horizons - Explore exciting new waters - Shift your sailing pleasure up a level.
More Raid-like events - Hosted by others - Attended by UK Morbics, include - Some listed in "Raiding"
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