Club Regatta 2013 8 Jul 2013
With a weekend of glorious sunshine, reminding us of summers past, the classes in the Club Regatta were started from the race box, giving members the chance to watch from the balcony with a cooling glass in their hands. Eleven started in the Dragon Class, producing some tight racing and the Squibs managed six starters from the Silver fleet as most of the Gold Fleet were trailing themselves back from the Nationals in Abersoch. Bill Wright was pleased to get the recently acquired 707 Little Red Rooster into racing trim and the RCOD fleet managed to get five starters to the line. The recently created Dinghy Handicap Fleet turned up for all three races and further developments are planned for those sailors.
Thanks to Race Officer Derek Corless and his team for running the racing over the entire weekend.
Jono Brown reports for the Dragons
Eleven Dragons raced in wonderful conditions and in Race One four boats made an early break from the fleet on the town course set by the RCYC Race Officer. Ian Gray, Mark Wade, Clive Page and Mike Holmes showed a clean pair of heels for the first two legs with the remainder of the fleet chasing not too far behind. Jono Brown in Storm, having missed the start due to either crew or watch failure depending on whom you talk to, took a north shore flier after the first downwind mark and came from last to third by the next windward mark. The race was on and the four boats at the front battled for position with Ian Gray in Scorpio taking the gun for Race One with Clive Page and family in Pageboy X a close second and Jono taking third place.
The second race of the day saw the fleet head to the Roach and Inner Crouch with a fantastic windward leeward special course. Jono Brown cleared the line first into clear air and led all the way round securing a clear first place with Pageboy X securing a well-deserved second and Mike Holmes in Hands Off third.
The final race of the regatta on Sunday morning and the first windward leg saw the fleet tacking along the shore to the first mark and Jono Brown and his family crew of parents David and Lyn battled it out with Mark and Mandy Wade who had their son and daughter aboard crewing. The Wades and Browns jockeyed for position for most of the race with the Wades in Avalanche finally edging ahead into clear air leaving Storm and Jono to take second place and Ian Gray in Scorpio third.
Three family teams therefore finished in the top four boats with Jono Brown in Storm securing first place overall with six points and the following three boats on equal nine points with count back placing Ian Gray second, Mark Wade third and Clive Page in fourth. A fantastic closely fought regatta.
Phil Shanahan reports for the Squibs
With most of the hotshots still on the road back from Abersoch, the Squib Fleet was somewhat depleted for the Summer Regatta. Nevertheless, we managed to have some close racing in what became a two race series in the glorious weather. The fleet was further reduced by damage to the brain cells at the summer ball! However the key to winning the event was, with dogged determination, to take part in both races resulting in a win for me !
Barry Lewis reports for the RCODs
The RCODs chose the warmest weekend of the summer to complete the fleet of eight boats afloat. Five of them entered the regatta with Corinna, helmed by Bobby Melville, winning overall.
On the Sunday afternoon in brilliant sunshine, the RCOD Class was honoured to host the Packard Ladies’ Trophy for the first time.Cormorant, bequeathed to the Class by the late Ken Bushell, took line honours, helmed by Katie Cole. Cormorant is fully rigged and ready to race by contacting Barry Lewis and she is available for sale or charter.
Bill Wright reports for the 707s
The Club Regatta last weekend seemed the ideal opportunity to put the newly acquired class boat The Little Red Rooster through her paces. Thoroughly enjoyed sailing her – she is a welcome addition to our fleet. The LRR is available for sale or charter so if you are interested, please contact me.