Photos – courtesy of Mike Cooke. Race Report – courtesy of Tony Edwards.
A lovely day for IOMs at Sutton Bingham Y&DMBC
Yeovil Model Boat Club aroused from hibernation to host the last of the One Metre South West winter series events. A hazy start blossomed into a glorious ‘spring’ day and after a short delay for the mist to clear a light and variable wind from the ESE sector gently arrived presenting the race team and competitors a constant challenge. A simple windward/leeward course was set with the pre-start side of the line initially limited by a couple of fly casting fishermen who could not be convinced that the trout were actually elsewhere! Relations remained cordial.
The 14 skippers sailed as one fleet and the 2 lap plus beat to the finish course produced 5 different individual race winners during the day. The wind varied in direction and pressure sufficient that no one place on the start line gave consistent results but during the morning Richard Aucott benefitted most from good starts to the extent that by lunch he had won 6 of the 7 races sailed. At this stage Bob Conner was the only person to break Richards’s winning streak although several; others came close.
After the lunch break Richard’s consistency wavered a little. Shaun Priestley left for other duties as did Trevor Annels (Topper duty) after race 10. Rupert Preston won race 8 after returning at the start, sailing hard right to the previously unpopular starboard side of the first beat and found a zephyr to hit the front for a moment of glory. Craig Richards, recently transferred from SA and sailing his own design Greyhound managed a couple of wins during the afternoon and James Edwards also added 2 wins to a string of 2s and 3s.
Richard Aucott of Sedgemoor also managed a couple more wins during the afternoon to seal a deserved overall victory counting only 17 points from the 14 races sailed. James Edwards, Yeovil, was a clear and consistent second on 29 points and Bob Conner, Woodspring, completing the BritPOP trio on 42 points. John White, Bideford managed an excellent 4th showing some good windward speed in the later races and just 1 point ahead of Craig Richards in fifth.