'Arthur George Memorial' pursuit race
This Sunday 29th September 2019
Some of you will know the name Arthur George, some of you will be hearing it for the first time. The photograph alongside features Arthur helming a 505 with another longstanding and much respected club member, Dennis Cartwright, crewing in the 2007 505 National Championships.
Well Arthur was also one of the clubs most exceptional Flying Fifteen helms. Sadly he recently passed away after a fight against cancer.
Arthur was a bit special in that whilst he was fast on the water he never ever, held back his knowledge as to how. Even today when I sail my boat I often think 'What would Arthur do in this situation' well I can hear him now, 'sit forward, heel the boat, pinch' and hey presto I have made the mark when I thought it impossible.
He also introduced me to real sportsmanship, as I got faster he suggested that we should both work to bring on our fleet and make them faster too, we did quite a few things to even up the odds during racing and all of the fleet got to benefit from that.
I think everyone sailing any boat at our club has had some coaching from him, either on the water or in the bar. To beat Arthur and Angie (his wife) really was something, it didn't happen often but when it did you knew that you had achieved!The reason for this message is to inform you of a last minute, but honorably motivated change to the racing format on the 29th September.
Angie has told us that the 29th would have been Arthurs birthday, and has asked if we could hold a pursuit race in his name on this date.
Arthur would really have liked this, as he saw these pursuit races as a great way to even up the fleet and make it competitive for everyone, so our aim is to replace the morning races on the 29th September with the 'Arthur George Pursuit Race'
There will be a prize giving event after, with ultimately a trophy to enjoy which Angie will provide. This trophy presented annually will act as a reminder that whilst it is great to win, it is greater still to be involved with the people in the race itself.
We really do hope that you will come along and support this event in memory of Arthur. All members old and new will be made most welcome.