One – Two for Lyme’s young sailors at the club’s 95th Anniversary Regatta.
Lyme Regis sailing Club hosted a highly successful 95 th anniversary Regatta at the weekend, 6th and 7th August 2016.
50 sailing boats took part, from the oldest to the newest designs, the fastest to the slowest, with everyone entering the traditional Championship of the Day in conditions described as ‘champagne sailing’. There were three handicap classes with a series for 9 visiting Larks, practising in advance of their National championships here in two weeks’ time.
Winds on Saturday were light but consistent, easing off on Sunday after a blustery night but swinging through 90 degrees just as the race committee were laying the morning course, before returning to a SW direction with some waves for crews to play. Courses had a long beat, while using average lap calculations enabled the slowest and fastest in each class to be held to a 60 minutes finishing time and quick turnarounds for subsequent races. Unfortunately, wind direction, avoiding tripping boats and crab pots meant less opportunity for an inshore course for spectators to view.
Following a good start in the Championship of the Day, crew Will Broom and his helm Joe Joyner then had to watch the following fleet creeping up on them as the wind filled in, before picking up themselves and making the most of the long beats. Douglas Bird in his Morcombe Bay Prawner added colour and interest, a traditional sailing boat contrasting with the flying RS 800s. Visiting cruisers from Axe added to a 7 strong class, with Pete Lloyd returning to win race 3 with Pete Fortnam in his Medina.
Lyme sailors won first and second places in the Championship, with Cameron Moss taking the Regatta Youth Cup for first under 18’s helm at the regatta.
A donation was made by Commodore Jerry Rook to the Regatta chair Andy Brown who had tea at the club with treasurer Sharon Davies. Winning helm Joe Joyner thanked the club and race committee for excellent racing on home waters. The Commodore praised the work of his water and shore teams and thanked Gilly and Paul Bryant for the gourmet supper on Saturday evening. Thanks also to Harbourmaster and staff who assisted with launching and storage facilities, and the cooperation of harbour users.
The Lark Nationals start on 20th August for 4 days, with the Youth Regatta at the end of the month.
Fastest and slowest. Dougal’s 100 year old ‘Moya’ tacking upwind passes Joe and Will ‘s RS 800 reaching downwind.
Champagne sailing in ideal conditions, planing on waves downwind with Merlin sailor Dom Bowns in the lead, left.
A crowded start line for the Championship of the Day on Sunday afternoon. Local Merlin sailor Dan Alsop and Sally Roberts third left, gains upwind advantage off the line.
Medium Handicap Class
Ian Horlock , Exe SC, Supernova
Simon Heisen, LRSC, Supernova
Ian and Ben Fryett, Cardiff University, RS 200
Fast Handicap Class
Joe Joyner and Will Broom, LRSC, RS800
Barry Smith and Jo Line, Thornbury SC, Fireball
Rob Lennox, Barnt Green SC, Devoti-D Zero
David Mettam and Bruce Kenny, Axe YC, Parker 21
David And Michael Crees, Axe YC, Seawolf 26
Richard Salt and Mike Sale, LRSC, Parker 21
Nigel Hufton and Matt Wood, Frensham Pond
Charlie Roome and Eddie Lister, Ranelagh
Steve Cumley and Eluned Stewart, Netley SC
Championship of the Day
Joe Joyner and Will Broom, LRSC, RS 800
Cameron and Darrol Moss, LRSC RS 800
Simon Heusen , LRSC, Supernova.
Commodore Jerry Rook with Prize-winners Cameron Moss, left, Will Broom, second left, and Joe Joyner , right.