‘You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore’ – William Faulkner
Welcome to a rather brief Wash Up, akin to perhaps the application of a facial scrub rather than a purifying 12 minute mud-mask; but do not judge before you have taken but 5 minutes of your time to see what wonders await within, as in the words of Horatio Nelson – ‘Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat!’
Report by Hebe Hemming – Commodore
This week 5 of our sailors headed to windy Plymouth for our first BUCS event of the year, the Fleet Racing Nationals. Saturday morning we were greeted with gusts of up to 64 knots, so the event was postponed until 12 which meant it was time to watch the rugby again, as per last week, although a disappointing result this time around. Just before 12 the decision was made to cancel the whole day of racing due to increasing wind strengths and several trees downed in the local area, blocking our access to the sailing centre.
Sunday morning we had an early start to ensure we got enough races launched, and headed out to the race area in very little breeze. Fireflys were on one course and Lasers and Handicap boats on the other. Those on the firefly course were faced by tricky tides, with very shifty conditions for the other fleets. The race committee got in 4 races, allowing a discard which was useful given the challenging conditions, including a wind range from 5-30 knots.
Here are the Portsmouth Results from a successful BUCS Comp’ –
Chloe Barr – Laser Radial – 2nd Overall in Laser Fleet- 1st in Female
Ben Shorrock & Jonathan Howe – Firefly – 8th Overall in Firefly Fleet
Fiona Mulcahy & Hebe Hemming – RS200 – 14th Overall in Fast Handicap.
Chloe Barr, Fiona Mulcahy & Hebe Hemmings – 3rd in the Ladies Team Prize
Great stuff from Sailing with Chloe’s 2nd place in Laser worth 8 BUCS Points and for 3rd place in the Women’s Team Event, Chloe, Fiona & Hebe earned Pompey a further 10 BUCS Points to add to our overall tally and enhance our season end ranking.
Men’s 1sts continued their fantastic form securing a vital away win at Kingston 6-3 to maintain their position at the top of SE2A and stretch their lead to 5 points over Herts and Brighton in the chasing pack. Alex Mills netted a fine hat-trick and along with Dan Allen was not surprisingly named Man of the Match. Tonye Sotonye bagged a brace, making it 8 goals for him now for the season as well as the moniker of being top scorer for the club. Marwan Kisserwan got the other goal as well as an assist. Other assists came from Ben Chevreau  Sam Johnson and Phil Matthews. Pompey host Herts next Sunday as they look to maintain their perfect start.
The 2nds were involved in a thrilling 8-8 draw away at New Bucks, to maintain their unbeaten start in Tier 3. Man of the Match for the 2’s on Sunday was Lopen Louis with 2 goals and an assist. Jamie Fraser and Kristian Atanasov both bagged 2 each with Ollie Conaghan and Jacques Wheeler the others. Atanasov  Wheeler, Tima, Josh Harrop and Goalkeeper, Sam Hatherly got the other assists to keep Pompey top and 3 points clear of St. Mary’s in second place.
So that’s that for this week, and all that’s left for us to do is to offer up our heartiest congratulations to Sailing, to Chloe on her 1st Place and to her, Fiona and Hebe for their 3rd place finish. Though this has all been a little brief, this is only the calm before the storm, as American Football and Indoor Cricket begin their campaigns next weekend along with Athletics in Cross Country and Ultimate as they host their sublime tournament. All shall be looking to jump aboard the Futsal bandwagon that just keeps rolling along.
And remember, some of the best memories are made in flip flops!
PS: I don’t think Kellie Elmore has anything against sliders per say… but she makes an outstanding point!