Tony Edwards has again retained his position of top skipper in the SW Summer Series.
Congratulations Tony, we look forward to racing against you next summer.
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Congratulations to CRAIG RICHARDS on winning this event.
12 Skippers attended the last of the SW IOM Summer Series.
Craig Richards & Vernon Appleton from outside the District had entered and were made welcome after their long distance commutes.
The wind gathered pace all day and really was good for B rig at the end although nobody changed down. Unfortunately the direction of the wind made it difficult to have a good course to windward although various changes to the marks were tried.
Owing to an absence of a few club members to assist with the event, 1 skipper was taken off in succession for each race to be line judge and assist with observing. The finish line and scoring was in the good hands of Sue Conner.
Craig Richards started the day as he meant to go on by winning the first race. Tony Edwards needed a coffee after the first 2 races to get into the right mindset. It worked as afterwards he was always close to the front of the fleet for the rest of the day.
As you can see from the scores the rest of the fleet enjoyed the day with varying successes, but enjoy it they did.
At the closing ceremony Craig Richards was awarded 1st prize with Tony Edwards 2nd and Bob Conner 3rd.
Thanks were given to those that had helped to make the event a success.
A Memorial Trophy is given annually to a SW District member who has shown to be of good character in sailing with gentlemanly conduct. This year it was awarded to John White of Bideford club. Apart from attending many of the District events and some National events he has lead the way in helping others either by assistance with their boat tuning or interpreting the sailing rules to others to improve the general standard of sailing.
Congratulations and well done John.
Temperatures were raised on this last Sunday of July but not the tempers of the 9 Skippers that turned up for a most enjoyable day run by Peter Cropper and ably assisted by Barry Chisam.
A large course of windward spreader and gate was set out in parallel with the competitors area and it was sailed twice for each race.
Racing was brisk and with the wind conditions and course size the lead was continuously changing.
Tony Edwards who normally gives a master class in sailing was only able to win 2 races out of the first 6, with Bob Conner, John White and Richard Aucott all giving him a run for his money. As the day progressed he got into the groove and took 9 of the 16 races to win the event with a 9 point advantage over second placed Bob Conner.
Alan Perham a local club member sailing number 55 was noticeably in the mix towards the front of the fleet and managed some credible second and third places.
Further back in the fleet it was good to see Dave Redman joining us at District level and gaining confidence as each race progressed.
Thanks to West Cornwall for putting on the event and also to all skippers that attended. If you didn’t attend, why not come to the next event??
After an initial entry of 14 skippers, 12 turned up on the day to enjoy 15 races.
Under the direction of OOD Robbie Nevitt a triangular course was set out on the Sutton Bingham Reservoir using separate start & finish lines .
Sailing got under way on time with all competitors using top suit for the moderate wind conditions.
In sail number order two skippers were selected to observe each race. This worked well and meant that with 18 races sailed during the day each skipper sailed 15 races.
Racing was close throughout the day with 5 different skippers managing a win.
Tony Edwards was congratulated on winning the event followed closely by 2 Sedgemoor members and a Woodspring member. All who accepted prizes. Dennis Graham was thanked for attending as he had travelled the furthest distance for the days event.
Thanks must again go to the Yeovil club members who put on an excellent event
13 skippers attended perhaps one of the most scenic venues in the South West, Shaugh Lake, Dartmoor.
It was nice to see Barry Chisam back on the water after a years absence, Also thanks must go to Chris Hague and a number of others who had travelled some distance to attend.
Unusually for Dartmoor the wind dictated that PRO Richard Wills set a course across the lake rather than along its length. The course consisted of a windward mark and a spreader with the start line also acting as a gate for the 2 laps of each race. The finish line was a separate mark placed in conjunction with the windward mark. This course worked well as there was no set advantage in sailing any particular part of the lake.
Out of the 13 skippers there were 5 who managed to take at least 1 win and it turned into a very competitive event. Nigel Clarke sailed his new Sedici for the first time in an open event and was very pleased with its performance in light winds. It took him to 2nd overall.
Richard Aucott along with Bob Conner and Jerry Lock seemed to be towards the front of the fleet most of the time. Peter Cropper sailed well in the morning but lost ground in the afternoon. Barry Chisam showed signs of his talented capabilities but his recent absence from sailing took its toll. I could go on but the results speak for themselves.
Thanks must go to the Dartmoor team for putting on a good days racing.