Preparations for this years June regatta began on the Saturday with the erection of the main marquee and gazebo. Since it is 9 months since the marquee was last used for the night sail in September last year, this job was always going to be a challenging experience for the Goole MBC members. A large and enthusiastic group of members assembled to begin work starting with the laying out of the poles.
This was followed by a ceremonial pole dance to placate the rain god and ensure good weather for the open day. Unfortunately Bob Lomas accidentally stepped left foot first over the apex pole with disastrous consequences for the weather the following day.
With an ageing membership memory and erection problems freqently occur, sometimes during the assembly of the marquee. Fortunately Graham Buckton and Brian Warrington can both remember where poles A, B and C go and can be relied upon to direct the rest of the membership accordingly.
Gareth Jones, pole in hand, awaits with trepidation, while Graham and Brian decide where they are going to tell him to put it.
Harold Sharp tries to solve one of the great mysteries of life, the universe and gazebos, which side of the side is the inside and which side of the side is the outside, and is this a front side or a backside.
On the day itself, it poured down, pretty well all day. Attendance was well down on last years regatta and Tom Pearce from York MBC was to be congratulated on arriving and putting up their gazebo all on his own. He also made a great contribution to the tombola and raffle takings. Geoff Hudson was one of the few who braved the weather to sail his Victoria around the pond in the rain.
As the day progressed and the clouds got even lower, the regatta was eventually closed at around 2:00 pm. Elizabeth Jones won the ladies choice trophy with her gaff rigged ketch Jenny Edwards. Despite the weather the day made a profit for the club of about £80, largely due to the efforts of Jenny Sharp and Margaret Shipley serving hot food in the lobby, (mainly to Harold) and Barbara Warrington, Margaret Acaster and Anne Allen who served refreshments and ran the bottle stall, raffle and tombola. Chris Platt also had a successful day running a bring and buy stall. Not the most successful open day we have had so we will just have to be more careful in August and make sure the pole dance is done correctly to appease the weather gods..