THERE was no racing scheduled for Saturday and in the well-supported Oppie-only race early on Sunday there was a fickle wind, resulting in a shortened course.
Thomas Whitehead was first followed by Daniel Lee second and Paddy Lord third.
After a short postponement, club racing started in a moderate breeze and only two Oppies stayed on the water with Paddy coming in ahead of Thomas.
In the handicap class, Alex Gallimore’s Laser was unable to out-sail the first two Picos on corrected time. Helen Sceales gained first place just ahead of Sophie Whitehead after their well-matched race and Alex was third.
David Hedley was at the front of the Scows by the first mark and continued to increase his lead until he crossed the finishing line while the following boats were still in Mill Creek. Tony Sceales looked set to take second place when a navigation error spoilt his chances and gave Roger P-Edgerton and Bob Findlay the opportunity to overtake Alan Toms and claim a second and third respectively.
Apart from some difficult tide times, the club held another successful cadet and Oppie week with plenty of hard endeavour being shown by the 70-plus children on the last week of this season’s courses. Well done to all the prize winners.
It was good to see John Thorn back as the RYA Inspector on Tuesday, while in other news, the annual team race against SVYC on Monday had to be postponed as the club was unable to muster a team.
There were a few Redwings and One-Designs out each day, with Alice Harbord-Hamond winning the One-Design’s Billie Fortescue Ladies’ Race on Tuesday, and Susie Beart continuing to lead the One-Design August points series.
It was the club’s annual regatta on Friday and Saturday, unusually only the keelboats took part as the dinghies had raced earlier in the month because of the late tides.
There was some excellent racing on both days, with results on page 84.
Meanwhile, Tx Finney won the Norman Phillips Cadet Race in Redwings on Saturday morning helming Rosetta, assisted by the class commodore, George Greenwood. Although there were only four entrants, the racing was very close. The start was particularly impressive with all four boats crossing within a few seconds of the hooter.
Finally, the club welcomed ten XODs from Itchenor for lunch on completion of their annual passage race to Bembridge on Sunday morning.
Evening racing resumed after a three-week break with 26 boats competing in the penultimate races of the second Wednesday series.
Conditions were wet and overcast, with sufficient wind to cause numerous capsizes and break the mast of James Downer’s B14.
Mark Harrison’s RS100 revelled in the fresh conditions to lead home the medium handicap, almost lapping the tail enders in doing so, while Mike Peddar’s margin of victory in the slow handicap was insufficient to win on corrected time, first place going to the Pico of Kate and Thomas Gibbs.
The August mini-series continued on Sunday with two races back to back in perfect weather. The wind piped up towards the close, enough to capsize Paul Tanner’s cat and Steve Cole’s RS800 but not enough to ruin an excellent day on the water.