The final race of the programmed season ant the Sailing Club took place on Sunday in very gusty conditions, with an off-shore wind.
This is traditionally sailed in fancy dress, with some imaginative entries managing to mix buoyancy aids, trapeze harnesses and sailing kit along with a costume and still be able to cope with the conditions!
Nine finishers were recorded, with Joe Joyner and Will Broom in their RS800, where both helm and crew trapeze, doing particularly well to gain first place with a lead of two and a half minutes, though third placed Pete Morton chased Simon Clark with only an eleven second gap.
Albacores and K1s featured as the most popular classes with the RS 800 completing 3 laps as against the rest of the fleet doing two, an adjustment is made on average lap time computations so that all sail for a similar length of time.
Racing will continue for a few hardy sailors who take part in the winter series up until Christmas.
1. Joe Joyner and Will Broom, RS 800
2. Simon and Alice Clark, 420
3. Pete Morton and Ray Waspe, Albacore
Winners of Prescott Trophy, Joe Joyner left, Will Broom right, preparing their RS 800 before setting off.
At the club’s AGM held on Saturday, Jerry Rook was elected to continue as Commodore for a further year, Dave Stubbs as Vice Commodore and Alan Cottis and Tony Fastnedge as Rear Commodores. Fireball European Championships Chair David Beer presented a review of the event, the profits from which will go towards replacing essential kit needed so that the club can hold future championships. Membership has increased, there is a strong youth section with race training and increasing interest in the Optimist class. New members are always welcome to apply.