The first meeting of Swallow Boats in 2014 was at Rutland Water on 26th & 27th April and saw eleven boats take to the water. BayRaiders were of course in the majority but it was good to see wooden BR20s as well as GRP boats, and a BayRaider Expedition and BayCruiser 23. The weekend was a relaxed event that was in the spirit of this website – a group of like-minded boat owners meeting and sailing together rather than an overly organised event.
Saturday’s sailing was followed by a well attended and very enjoyable dinner at the White Horse, Empingham. Sunday saw the boats take to an informal and fun race. During two hours of racing the boats covered much of Rutland Water and racing included a good mix of beats and runs. The racing was lighthearted and fun but was also tight and keenly fought. However, Gladys took an early lead and gradually extended it during the race. Joybells came second having also gained that place during the first run and Psalter climbed to third having been sixth at one stage.
The weekend was great fun and we were lucky enough not to encounter any rain while the winds blew strongly enough to keep things interesting. Thanks go to Peter Cockerton for organising such a good event. Photos from the event can be seen here.