LIGHT weather greeted the 15 sailors taking part in the club’s Laser regatta last Saturday.
There was plenty of tight racing, private battles, and close finishes, with a quick turn around to keep everybody busy. Jane Peckham struggled in the very light, having to watch both older and wiser, and also younger helms get the puffs. As the breeze trickled in, Jane came good, winning the last three races to take first overall by a point, and the trophy. The old hands of Martin Bean (second) and Steve Cole (fourth) were always in evidence, showing the experience to make the most of the wind patches. Sophie Heritage was first in the Radials, and showed plenty of potential. If she had not jumped the start in the last race she may have done even better than her third overall.
The 4.7s were a similar story, with the overall winner, Will Heritage, coming good when the breeze was there and winning the last three races. Ted Blowers prevailed in the lightest races, getting a second in class.
Ten boats raced on the last weekend for the One-Designs, despite fickle breezes.
The first race on Saturday won by Brian Orange, with Anna Row second and Mark Grz, sailing single handed, third. D. Orange took the helm to win race two, with Tim Bonham second and Rob Mathieson third.
There was considerable hesitation ashore on Sunday morning as to whether it was worth rigging up as there was not much wind around. However, in the end seven boats made the start, with Grz winning the first race, with John Deacon second and Tom Scott third.
The start of the second race was delayed as breeze veered and backed for ten minutes or so, but Grz held off a late challenge from Scott to win the second race, with Deacon third.
ROYAL VICTORIA YC
THE annual Barrel Race was postponed on Sunday but the barrel of beer will keep, so the sailing committee will attempt to re-schedule this fixture.
The week before there was a special race for dinghies only and was truly a family affair.
Three Downers competed in the laser race which was won by George ahead of siblings Oliver and Alex, the latter a few days shy of his 12th birthday who thoroughly enjoyed the gentle breeze for his first outing in a 4.7. Sophie Baker was third, beating younger brother William. Three White boys competed in the Oppie race, which was won by Harry ahead of Tom and Felix Arthur, after third triplet Charlie was disqualified.
In the fast handicap race, Chris Andrews and Steve Sheridan in their RS400 managed to beat Ben Gibson in his new RS600 by staying upright around the interesting figure-eight course set by race officers Fred Warren-Smith and Jon Evans.
The club’s Frostbite series starts next Sunday, October 20. This series is open to non-members and there is no fee.
BRADING HAVEN YC
Swans were the only boats to take to the water last Sunday under the direction of race officer Richard Coleman, who struggled to set a course in wind which constantly changed direction and strength.
The first race was shortened to two laps of the triangular course, with Paul Smith winning ahead of Anne Barlow to complete a hat trick of successive wins. Michael Quinn got one over series leader Robin Lobb to take third.
The second race was almost a repeat of the first resulting in Lobb not only getting his own back over Quinn but also securing him a series win. Smith was second overall, followed by Barlow and Quinn.
Perseverance was the order of the day for Saturday’s races which started in a light westerly wind and a strong incoming tide to take the boats to the first mark.
There were two finishers in the handicap class with Ian North taking line and handicap honours over Alex Gallimore.
In the Scows, Chris Jones took an early lead which she held throughout, with David Hedley second and a determined Roger P-Edgerton third.
Similar conditions greeted the sailors on Sunday morning when a short course was set but as the boats started the wind filled in. Laurie Holdsworth took first place on corrected time in the handicap class followed by Paddy Lord and P. Holdsworth.
Chris again had the best start in the Scows and held her lead in Mill Creek but by the end of the first lap Mike Sheaf was at the front. Despite a challenge from Jodie Spence at the final mark, he retained his first place with Jodie second and Paula Sheaf third.