Racing Diary 22nd October 2016

Sailing Report 23rd October 2016

The October Series continued on Sunday with a smaller fleet in the strong north easterlies which whipped up the water, the breaking crests and unexpected gusts adding to colder air temperatures.

All completed the first race, Fraser Earle in his Laser being particularly pleased with his performance on a windward/leeward course, but only half continued to the second and third, closely contested between the first three places.

Race 1 

  1. Dave Stubbs & Paul Aitken, RS400
  2. Fraser Earle, Laser Radial   203015
  3. Pete Morton & Cath Aitken, Albacore

Race 2

  1. Dave Stubbs & Paul Aitken, RS400
  2. Will Broom & Joe Joyner, RS800 1050
  3. Andy Robinson, Solo

Race 3

  1. Will Broom & Joe Joyner, RS800 1050
  2. Dave Stubbs & Paul Aitken, RS400
  3. Andy Robinson, Solo

SW Zone Training for Optimists

Sixteen Oppie Cadets, including three visitors, were on the water for a coaching course over the weekend, the tiny, relatively stable boats with white sails and their intrepid helms performing impressively. The club hosted an Optimist South West Zone Training weekend, providing expert coaching by 3 Ex-British Optimist Team sailors. ‘Wind conditions were certainly challenging,’ said Suzanne Stubbs, organiser of the event, ‘but the cadets worked on their sailing skills and came away from their sessions full of confidence and enthusiasm. Seven of them proudly completed the Sunday course. We have a strong group who are keen to progress.’

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Pete Morton and Cath Aitken screaming downwind in Race 1. Photo Pauline Rook

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Oppie cadets on Sunday, coping with strong winds on the second day of their course. Coach boat centre left gives size perspective. Photo Dave Beer

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Youth training on Saturday. Race group Lasers and Toppers, Oppies in background