Please select your home edition
Pinnell & Bax 201709 728x90

adidas Poole Week 2017 at Parkstone Yacht Club - Day 3

by John Linford on 29 Aug 27 August - 1 September 2017

After a slow start to the afternoon's racing while those in the Top Triangle looked on enviously from a flat calm at the 6 to 8 knots of breeze at the Race Platform, the wind eventually filled in from the west and racing got underway.

The wind eventually rose to an unexpected 16 knots, allowing the Flying Fifteens, RS Handicap Fleet and Merlin Rockets to enjoy a tour of Poole Harbour in the sunshine, while the Laser fleet remained in the top triangle for an Olympic course - after a few false starts!

A great day of racing was had by all, even though it looked unlikely when the fleets were released from shore.

The fast get faster (report from David Harding)

It took a few days of racing in adidas Poole Week for clear front-runners to emerge in many of the classes. During the third day, however, several started to assert themselves. Those who prefer stronger winds found conditions to their liking: by the end of Tuesday, the light and shifty breezes of the first two days had given way to a solid westerly that reached around 15 knots at times. Hiking positions were adopted, the Darts' crews were at full stretch on the wire and the Flying Fifteens were planing down the reaches.

With a string of bullets following an OCS in the first race, Steve and Ally Tyler cemented their lead in the Merlin Rockets, ahead of Ant Hackforth and Carrie Wilkes.

Roberta Hartley in the Laser Radials was among the few who threw down the gauntlet right from the start. She maintained her dominance over the other 10 in the fleet, which included daughter Emma in third. The ever-eager-to-get-started Lasers had to be brought to heel by Graham Davies, PRO for the classes racing on the 'adidas course' in the harbour's Top Triangle, by means of a succession of 'don't-keep-trying-it-on' flags, starting with the P flag and ending with the final warning in black.

Also racing from the committee-boat line were the assorted RSs, with Chris and Alice Bailey in their 200 being the boat to beat.

Most of the boats at the top of their fleets by the end of Wednesday were sailed by members of Parkstone YC, but John Carlin brought his Albacore all the way from West Kirby to leave the rest of the Fast Handicap fleet trailing in his wake. While local knowledge is rarely a drawback, it's clearly not essential for success in Poole Week.

More information at

Related Articles

British University Fleet Racing Championships
Bournemouth, Plymouth & Southampton take Fleet Trophies A record entry for the annual BUCS Fleet Racing Championships - over 230 student sailors from 25 universities - competed at Draycote Water SC over the first weekend of November. Posted on 17 Nov
Craftinsure Wayfarer 2017 Finale at Bough Beech
National Circuit is decided The eighth and final event of the UK Wayfarer Association Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2017 took place in mixed conditions at Bough Beech Reservoir on the weekend of 11th and 12th November. Posted on 13 Nov
Merlin Rocket Downriver Race at Ranelagh
Racing from Putney to Battersea Saturday 11th November saw 17 merlin rockets arrive on Putney Embankment for the final Merlin Rocket event of the year, being the culmination of the Thames Series, held as a downriver race, from Putney to Battersea, hosted by Ranelagh Sailing Club. Posted on 13 Nov
Laser Inlands at Grafham Water
150 helms race across the three fleets 43 Laser Standards gathered at Grafham Water SC to compete in the 2017 Laser Inland Championships. Notoriously shifty and unpredictable, the Inlands can throw up some real surprises and it really means that anyone can win. Posted on 9 Nov
Wayfarer 2017 Finale at Bough Beech
All set for fierce competition next weekend Nestling, as it does, at the foot of Ide Hill on the Kent/Surrey border, one could be forgiven for thinking that the beautiful nature reserve at Bough Beech reservoir is likely to be the last place on earth there would be a fiercely fought competition. Posted on 7 Nov
RYA North East Youth Championships overall
A fantastic celebration of youth sailing The RYA NE Youth Championships delivered all that was expected of it and more, with sunshine, a fantastic wind, an ace race management team and, most important of all, over 50 Youth sailors showing the highest levels of sailing skills. Posted on 6 Nov
Zhik to partner with Sail Melbourne
As Official Apparel Partner and Event Supplier Australia's technical sailing apparel producer Zhik has come on board as Official Apparel Partner and Event Supplier of the 2017 Sail Melbourne International regatta (29 November - 3 December 2017). Posted on 3 Nov
Belize Sailing Association Nationals
Joo emerges as the Opti Fleet Champion After delays and a postponements to inclement weather and poor wind conditions, the Belize Sailing Association's (BzSA) National Championships for the Optimist class boats got underway October 28th and 29th at the BTL park in Belize City. Posted on 3 Nov
Merlin Rockets at Hollingworth Lake
Going through the port hole in the final Craftinsure Silver Tiller event Hollingworth Lake SC hosted the final Craftinsure Silver Tiller event 2017 on Saturday followed by a three-course meal, prize-giving for the year, dancing and of course the obligatory going through the port hole. Posted on 2 Nov
David Gower named new Chairman
Of Cowes Classics Week Recently elected Commodore of the Royal London Yacht Club David Gower has succeeded Sir Richard Ottaway as Chairman of Cowes Classic Week. Posted on 1 Nov