Around the sailing clubs, Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013




THERE was just enough northerly breeze for the penultimate race of the season last Sunday.

Robin Leather soon established a strong lead in the cats and was never challenged, with Carl Blenkinsop best of the rest and Dave Downer third.

After some Laser lead swapping between Martin Bean, Mike Elsom and Julian James on a compact course it was Bean who prevailed, but it was the Finn, five minutes out in front, who was first on the sheet at the finish.

Mark Harrison’s RS100 had a close win on the water in the assorted RS group and this was enough to give him victory followed by Giles Peckham in a similar boat. The RS500 of Harry Carter and Alex Porter was third.

The two Picos had a close match race until a buoy-rounding error dropped Alex Allen back, leaving Mike Peddar to cruise home.

The final races are on Sunday.


Grey skies and light winds was the order of the day as the Frostbite series moved into December.

Only two Scows took to the line but this did not weaken Rob Orr and Mike Bottom’s competitive spirit. Although Orr led through most of the race, Bottoms stayed in close contact waiting for the opportune moment, which only occurred within the last 200m, when a wind shift provided him the opportunity to snatch the race right on the line.

The fast race attracted five boats, with the field splitting into two by the time they left the harbour. Gareth Jones, Steve de Boise and Giles Easter raced in a tight knot through most of the race with Easter slowly building up a 30-second lead by the finish from Jones,

Meanwhile, Martin Moore became entangled in a race mark anchor rope allowing John Carter’s Wayfarer to make up lost ground, finally finishing in this order. Despite handicaps, the final positions remained unchanged.

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