SAILINGBRADING HAVEN YC
CLUB cadets were back in action after their winter break last weekend, taking part in the first in a series of Pico Challenges.
In very light winds off of Silver Sands, and under the watchful eye of Robin Lobb, eight boats completed three short courses with a different winner in each.
Edward Cooper took the first with Issie Harrison taking the second and Louis Wren the third, after three races the first three overall were Harrison, followed by Wrenn and Matt Harrison with only one point separating each of them.
On Sunday, it was the turn of the adult fleet with nine boats taking to the line within the fast handicap lead once again by Simon Cooper in his Laser with both Roger Herbert in his Wayfarer and Marten Springett in his RS Vario close behind. However, it was the Solo of Martyn Davies who eventually won on handicap by 12 seconds ahead of Cooper with Herbert four seconds behind him.
On such a pleasant evening it was disappointing to only see five boats take to the line for Sunday’s slow handicap.
Oliver Morgan outmanoeuvred Graham Sutton to take the winning gun followed by a fast finishing Anne Barlow and Jodi Dyer pushing the Heron of Jason Fuller into the final slot.
The 23 crews who braved heavy rain and an ominous weather forecast on Wednesday evening were rewarded with very close racing in the unexpected light winds.
James Downer took the winning gun in the RS400s by a margin of 25 seconds from Brett Aarons, Paul Tanner led home the Shadows by 12 seconds, and Ben Willows’s margin of victory in the fast group was just eight seconds.
Mark Harrison’s RS100 and Paul Blowers’s Finn swapped the lead several times in the medium group, the latter winning on corrected time, while Will Robinson was the sole finisher in the Lasers.
On a smiling Saturday, the popular orienteering event, Brian’s Challenge, included marks from Saltmead round to buoys near Cowes. The optimum choices of route and hence the fastest times were laid down by Graham Deegan in fleet 1 and new Laser sailor Pete Bowen in fleet 2 who collected their awards on Sunday.
Sunday’s action was quiet with little tide assistance.
Robin Leather had a race-long battle with Paul Jennings, with the rest of the cats some way adrift, and Paul Bowen crewed by Shaun Kellett won both RS400 races with James Downer, Pete Newlands and Chris Symons mixing it behind.
It was a good day for family Blowers, with son Harry winning the Lasers and father Paul keeping his Finn in front of the medium group.
Jack Elsom, in the sole Laser 4.7, established an early lead in the final group, but it was not enough to keep out Mike Peddar and Kate Gibbs on handicap.
Steve Cole’s infringement and penalty turn on the start line did not help his race in the fast group, which was won by Martin Scott.
Saturday’s late afternoon races were sailed in a light Force 2-3 NNE wind coupled with warm sunshine.
Alex Gallimore led the Picos in the handicap class before Joy Mowle overhauled him. On the final reach, Rachael Parsloe was up into third, and it finished with Joy winning from Alex and Rachael.
In the Scows, Graeme Bowen overtook Dick Davis early and held his lead to the finish, with Harry Castle in second and Mike Sheaf third.
In Sunday’s handicap race, Rachael made her mark, leading from start to finish, with Alex second and Tim Lee in third. These were also their positions on corrected time.
Chris Jones won her first outing this year in the Scows, leading for most of the race with Roger P-E briefly overtaking her in Mill Creek.
However, the tension was too much for him and in his haste to cross the line, he ignored the last mark and as he corrected his error Chris regained her lead. Roger held on to second place, with Graeme third.
ROYAL VICTORIA YC
A beautiful evening finally greeted the racers last Sunday for the second in the TST series.
The success of the year so far has been the number of Lasers racing, so much so that they have been given their own start, and they revelled in the conditions.
After a testing 70 minutes’ racing it was Tom Griffiths again who prevailed, just 18 seconds ahead of Jim McMillan with Fred Warren-Smith in third.
The fast handicap dinghies are looking to grow their own fleet. Neil Griffiths and Mark Turner had a comfortable win, followed by Derek Stroud, again winning the battle of the Solos over his close rival Nigel Talbot.
The Oppies were dominated again by Harry White, Tom White and Haydn Sewell, and again it was good to see the whole fleet finish closely.
Finally, the Squibs again welcomed another new member, this time the youngest crew on the water, Sam Prime and Emma Baker in their pride and joy, Rhapsody in Blue.
They were in an impressive third before shroud failure forced them to retire, and although the well-oiled team of Hussar (Martin and Anne Harrison) took the win, there was an impressive second for the scratch team of Chris Gear and Ray Prime in Osprey and third for David Lloyd in Blood Sweat and Tears, both boats only launching on the day.
ROYAL SOLENT YC
Wednesday evening sailing saw a small turn-out of intrepid sailors in unpleasant weather.
With a strong southerly wind, race officers kept the fleets close to the shore and this made for close racing with a lot of sail handling.
The weekend was quite a different with beautiful sailing weather, although one had to be patient on Sunday, waiting for the wind to fill in. Windward/Leeward racing on both days with two races on each day. Again racing was close. However, Aries was a clear winner in the Folkboat Class with four wins. In the X Class two boats were vying for first place right to the end of the last race, with Gleam taking the honours from Princess Jalina on count back.