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.