Very light winds on Saturday saw a good turn out of young sailors, including invited visitors from Axe, for the Sailing Club’s Youth Regatta. Many were towed or paddled to the vicinity of the start, where Race Officer Jerry Rook was waiting on the committee boat to be able to get them underway.
Waiting for wind, Optimist in foreground, Picos with striped sails. Photo Jess Douglas
The calm waters made it safe for crews to raft up and enjoy water activities and games, monitored by safety leader Jim Thomas and team in their Ribs. Eventually, a sea breeze filled in, just strong enough to allow Jerry to call competitors to the start for one race, three groups having separate starts , for experienced racers, novice racers and Optimist dinghies. The more skilled made two rounds of a larger course, while all crews completed one round to get a finishing placing in their group.
They came ashore to enjoy a sunny BBQ cooked by Jo Law and her parent helpers, a friendly social occasion for youth members and parents. This was followed by a prize-giving by the Commodore, presenting engraved club glasses and vouchers. Jerry thanked the large number of helpers who made the Regatta possible.