Some of the cadet prize winners at Gurnard Sailing Club, from left, most improved senior boy Joey Hughes, most improved junior boy Oliver Evans, Shirley Robertson, most improved junior girl Ella Morgan, and most improved senior girl Lucy Miller
DOUBLE Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson presented the certificates and awards at the club’s cadet prize giving.
Shirley told the cadets how she started out sailing at the age of seven and progressed through to the Scottish Youth sailing team and beyond.
More than 60 cadets have taken part in the club’s thriving training sessions on Thursday and Friday evenings during the summer, and 31 of them were presented with certificates for their progress through the RYA training programme.
Many of the instructors are older cadets who are now sharing their knowledge and skills with the younger members as part of the club’s self-help ethos.
In addition, 17 cadets have also represented the club at National events with nine of them going on to represent the club, IW or Great Britain at International regattas.
Rebecca Metcalf, Ben and Ella Symons, Sammy Scragg and Ellie Ness gave a presentation on their trip to Cherbourg and the Channel Islands, as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Expedition aboard the IYWAC boat Paddiywack.
Meanwhile, in club action, there was a light westerly for the passage race to the Folly Inn, which attracted a small but keen fleet of sailors for something a little different from the normal circuit racing.
The slow boats started first with the aim of all classes reaching the Folly together, and the finish was very close, but in the end the Leather family’s Feva finished just ahead of Chris Gillies on handicap. Adrian and Sharon Coventry were third.
A complete absence of wind on the Sunday put paid to any action in the Autumn Series.
BRADING HAVEN YC
The resurgence of the Swans continued when they made up half of the eight-strong fleet which took to the water for the club’s Pursuit race.
The Swans set off first closely followed by the Devon Yawl of Steve Lymn, the Laser of Kiran Beckett and finally two Solos. All boats had 90 minutes to hit the front and remain there when the finishing hooter sounded. In the end it was Gareth Jones in his solo, which defeated Paul Smith’s Swan. Lymn was third.
Meanwhile, only three fast handicap boats lined up for races three and four of the Autumn series.
In race one, Marten Springett took an early lead but Jones turned first and headed for the line at mark two. Jones retained his lead with Roger Herbert close behind in a Wayfarer. Jones also took the race on handicap with Herbert second and Springett third.
With little improvement in the wind, the second race started where the first finished.
Herbert took the lead from the gun with the previous winner Jones being the backmarker, although Jones caught the fleet up as they entered the harbour he once again lost ground, leaving Herbert to take the winning gun from Springett. Herbert had done enough to retain his win on handicap with Jones stealing second.
The September series continued on Saturday and the Scows enjoyed a Force 2-3 WSW wind.
David Hedley and Graeme Bowen sped away from the rest of the fleet with David leading the way to the first mark. As they were beating towards the buoy, Graeme secured the advantage and, although David fought back, he was unable to overtake Graeme, who gained first place with David second. Roger P-Edgerton sailed a lonely third place.
For the second week running, Sunday’s racing was cancelled. This time it was lack of wind for the final race in the all-comers series resulting in an overall series win for Paddy Lord’s Oppie with the Scows of Mike Sheaf and Roger taking second and third places.
It was a somewhat frustrating last weekend of racing for the Redwings.
Class captain Colin Samuelson led the way in the Redwing race and finished a couple of minutes ahead of Bruce Huber, with Tom Scott third.
Meanwhile, One-Design class captain Jos Coad 8 was also out in front for most of the time and won both their races.
In the first race, John Deacon was second and Abi Doherty was third. In the second race, Abi and John swapped places.
On Sunday, despite best efforts, racing was abandoned before the start when the breeze refused to materialise.
A disappointing conclusion to the Redwing season.
ROYAL VICTORIA YC
Eleven yachts from the club competed in the South Coast Championships at Weymouth last weekend, making them the largest contingent of travellers from visiting clubs.
Noteworthy performances were from Hussar (Martin and Anne Harrison) and Panni Munta (Mike Probert and Mel Titmus) who both won races, and Jo and Mark Downer in Panther III who had a second place.
Overall, Panni Munta was fourth out of 46 competing, with Hussar eighth.
As well as this, the club had the top placed lady helm (Jo Downer) and crew (Anne Harrison).
The club thanked Wightlink for sponsoring eight yachts for their travel.