Christmas – Sun, Snow, and Team Racing!

I found myself in Cowes until Friday 21st December finishing off as many jobs on the job list as possible before the Christmas break. Made somewhat livelier by the Christmas music blaring through the yard tannoy. Time always seems to disappear at this time of the year and this year was no exception. With family and friends to catch up with, along with all the traditional family walks, meals and activities. Fitting in hellos and goodbyes into one as I’ll be leaving for France shortly, and with a busy year ahead I might not get the chance to catch up for awhile.

Christmas saw festivities at my dads with all his family, a merry 15 of us for Christmas dinner, walk and traditional giant Jenga. All in high spirits the party didn’t finish till midnight. Boxing day (Christmas take 2) provided similar antics with my mum, but a little less manic with a mere 7 of us, and a trip to London to the theatre.

Earlier in the year I came up with the idea of organising a Frensham Pond Sailing Club Ex-Cadet reunion. Bringing together all generations of sailors for a day of team racing. With considerable help from my mum (thank you!), and a big thanks to Charterhouse School for the loan of their boats, and Frensham Pond for the use of the club facilities. With just under 20 sailors turning up to sail, and over 40 joining in for the evening meal. It was great to see everyone again, and be able to jump into a dinghy again and dust off the cobwebs. Reuniting old teams of crews and helms – many not having sailed for over 4-5 years. The day was a great success one which we can hopefully repeat on an annual basis.

With Christmas over it was time to find some snow for a weeks snowboarding over the New Year. Having not managed to make Christmas, it was great that my elder sister Caz could join us for a couple days – escaping her super yacht life style and catch up with all
her antics. We were very lucky with clear skies and sunshine most the week. And with a fresh dump of snow midweek, providing us endless fun in the powder off-piste, playing slalom through the trees and hill walkers.

VIDEO: Happy New Year from Chamrousse

The next couple of weeks are going to be very busy, with the boat going into the shed at the beginning of the week to be antifouled and graphics updated. All in preparation for the move to France in a couple of weeks and the beginning of the Mini race season in
March.