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SWDCS 5 @ Dartmoor

Twelve visiting helms together with six drsc boats made up the fleet that assembled to take part in the penultimate race of the series. Dartmoor lived up to its reputation by providing variable weather conditions of sunshine and torrential downpours during the racing. For a change the westerly wind direction remained somewhat constant enabling the maximum length windward/leeward gated course to be used throughout the day.

All boats raced with their ‘A’ rigs, but at times ‘B’ rig wind speeds were experienced. A minor change was made to the start line length as the two heat racing was changed to a single fleet as boat numbers reduced because of boats dropping out. Competition was keen and numerous contacts occurred during the 17 races that were sailed, particularly when the clouds rolled in and the wind speed increased. Two of these incidents resulted in formal protests being made which were deliberated on after racing had concluded. Gavin Watson scored an impressive 12 first places to win from his fellow West Cornwall club members Simon Clark, Barry Chisam and Peter Cropper who finished in that order in the overall results. Jerry Lock was the leading Dartmoor boat finishing in fifth place. Thanks to all those competitors who travelled to take part and to those who helped in the organisation and running of the event.

swdcs5 results

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