A breeze from the SW went lighter for the second race before filling in again for the third of the day, gave 18 sailors the opportunity to take part in the RNLI Tankard which is always sailed during Lifeboat week. The RNLI Pennant race will be held on Wednesday 27 July, where boats pay an entry fee which is donated to the Guild.
Once again, the second race had to be abandoned due to confusion over the course to be sailed, and once again, top youth sailor Cameron Moss headed the fleet and won a trophy.
Cameron and Darrol led the way over the upwind – downwind course ending with a first place for their RS 800, while Chris and Russell Thorne, Fireball, took the third race over a triangular course by a margin of 17 seconds from Cameron. Simon Clark, RS 700, came second to Cameron in the first race but did not compete in the third. Steady with third in both races was Dave Guthrie in his Phantom. The races were also part of the Mid-Summer Series.
When series races are held, points favour regular participation. One discard is allowed, so that Hilton Davis, who has sailed all of the current series with one retirement, now leads on 29 points from Dave Guthrie on 46.
The club cruisers, although not strictly set up as racing boats, are keenly competitive on the RYA handicap system and set off on an hour long race to the sewer buoy and back for their RNLI Wine Bottle race. Rob and Margaret Wiscombe, Hunter Medina class, finished ahead of Andrew Willoughby and Mike Moore who just pipped Keith and Kaye Thomspon in their Parker 21 by 6 seconds, while Berey Pealing and High Duncan were only 2 minutes behind in fourth place.
‘We came in last, but it was very close racing, and I had a good crew! ‘ said Berey. Preparations are under way for the club’s 95th Regatta, entries can be online on the club website, with Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and details.