Banbury Chaser and Dorset Triangle

Competition between local clubs is a tradition at Lyme, when winter sailing was once replaced by keen sailors congregating at sister club Sutton Bingham for the off-season. Now, dry suits and more advanced wet suits make all- season racing possible at Lyme, weather dependent of course!

Sunday saw sunshine highlighting the enticing waves here, with a turnout of 20 dinghies including 8 visitors from Sutton Bingham and Castle Cove competing for two team trophies, the top 3 placing from each club to count.

Overall winner from Castle Cove was Jon Emmett in a Laser Radial (1,1,1). Jon is an international Olympic coach for that class and supported by Kevin Francis and Phil Male in an Osprey (6,3,5) he led his team to win the Dorset Triangle.

Second overall was Andrew Frost, champion RS Aero 5 helm (2,4,3) , son of a past Commodore of Lyme, Richard, both sailing for Sutton Bingham.

Lyme’s Allan and Christie Tyler in their Fireball recovered from a 10th in Race 1 to take two 2nd placings subsequently. Points from Chris Turner and Peter Bagwell in a 5o5 (4,6,9) and team mate Mike Pridham, Laser Radial (7,10,4) gave the host club the Banbury Chaser.

Conditions were tricky as the NW blustery winds shifted 20/30 degrees during the racing, but visiting competitors congratulated Jerry Rook and his team for excellent courses and race duration. Jim Thomas took charge of the safety team, supported by helm Dave Law.

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Photo Pauline Rook
Mike Pridham, Laser Radial in foreground, fights Jon Emmett upwind. Tyler’s, 4th from right, are ahead but downwind of the eventual winner.

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Photo Pauline Rook
Lyme’s Stephan Laeger avoids a capsized Dinghy

Results Overall:
Castle Cove SC.  48 pts
Lyme Regis SC.    54 pts
Sutton Bingham SC. 85pts

With all the cruisers safely lifted out of the harbour, racing for dinghies is programmed to continue at Lyme until the end of this month, with a small winter race group until Christmas.

The club’s Youth Prize giving, AGM and Dinner Dance and Prize giving are held in November.