A fine sunny day, flat sea and light northerly breeze made encouraging conditions for the club’s Youth Regatta this year, though a little disappointing for the more experienced who prefer stronger winds.
The Youth Regatta was brought into the club programme recently by Cameron Moss, now assistant sailing secretary and a keen RS 800 sailor, who has helped coach younger members to sail the P course over previous weeks. A range of 14 classes from Optimists to the RS 800, mostly single handers crewed by a total of 37 young sailors, took part in two fleets, Silver and Gold, all racing on handicap. There were visitors from Axe YC. The first 3 in the Silver Fleet were separated by 12 seconds only in race 1, the two leaders in the Gold by one minute in an hour of racing.
Race Officer Jerry Rook made every effort to include all, and 27 completed race 1 while fading breezes and increasing tidal effects made it harder for the slower dinghies. 16 made the distance competed in race 2.
Racing was followed by a BBQ and prize giving, with club engraved keepers’ trophies and CoastWaterSports vouchers for the winners presented by the Commodore’s wife, Pauline Rook.
Cameron thanked the race officer and team, organisers and chefs on behalf of the sailors and families who spectated.
Gold fleet show light weather skills requiring intense concentration and good balance, with winners Harry and Jake right, Cameron and Max (2nd place) left, and Fraser and Katie (3rd place) in the middle.
Silver fleet in close contention for the windward mark, a well-trimmed Topper , Simon Law, and Pico, Joe Swan, in the foreground.