The fleet was divided into three handicap classes for the last leg of the Banbury Chaser and Inter Club Challenge sailed at Lyme on Sunday. Separating the fast and slower boats enabled Race Officer Joe Joyner to time everyone for a similar duration for each of 3 races, finishing each class by hoisting the S flag and class flag.
31 dinghies, including 8 visitors from Sutton Bingham SC, set out in light winds and flat seas, but by race 3 a good breeze and building waves increased the challenges, several retiring after race 2. Joe set a large course and described ‘brilliant, perfect sailing’ on his return to shore. ‘There were quite a few capsizes, some of our better sailors too‘, Joe said. But apart from tweaking the gybe mark, the safety boat monitored rather than assisted.
Points were awarded on a direct placings system, with Lyme’s Allan and Chrissey Tyler, on 5 points winning overall (1,1,3). Equal with 5 points, Cameron and Darrol Moss were placed second (2,2,1). Well up was young Max Smith, who had recently attended coaching at Weymouth, with 17 pts. Also well placed was 16-year-old Andrew Frost, son of Lyme past Commodore Richard, sailing for SB (6,7), but with 70 points from 5 entries as against 153 points for the visiting club, Lyme regained the trophy.
Allan received the cup from Commodore Jerry Rook on behalf of Lyme, it now returns to the local club for 2016.
Next weekend sees the annual Bart’s Bash, a race event which takes place all over the world in memory of Olympic champion Andrew Simpson’s memorial foundation. Entries are open on line.