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Cardigan Bay Regatta at New Quay Yacht Club

by Chris Seal 16 Aug 2004 08:52 BST 8-10 August 2004

Over 70 cruisers and dinghies from all over Wales and beyond, converged on New Quay for the 130th Cardigan Bay Regatta. Good winds on Sunday were followed by light and cyclonic breezes that made the race committee’s job of course-setting almost impossible; on Monday, the wind swung through 540 degrees!

Nonetheless, the 9 races were intensely competitive with the silverware and many cash prizes were shared widely amongst the fleets. The cruiser feeder races from Fishguard and Cardigan were won by Mike Masters/Nigel Howes (Fulmar) and Harry Ashurst (Moody 30), respectively. The Dinghy feeder race from Tresaith was won by Peter Jones (Hurricane 5.9, Tresaith Mariners SC).

The round-the-cans races for cruisers were dominated by the First Class 8s of Roger Griffiths and Dr Jonathan Pryce-Jones (both of New Quay YC). The former won the prestigious Open Challenge Cup and the latter was narrowly declared the overall Cruiser Champion from Richard Davies and Mark Willis, also in First Class 8s.

In the dinghy fleet, Nigel Simms (Neyland), Chris Seal (New Quay/RAFSA) and Nigel Tinkler (Llandegfedd SC) finished in that order for the dinghy crown. The Junior title was won by Sam Williams (Llandegfedd), Crawford McCleary (New Quay) won the Masters prize and Gwen Palmer (Mumbles) was the first Lady Helm.

Everyone enjoyed visits by the local dolphins during racing in the spectacular setting of Cardigan Bay. More of the same is hoped for in next year’s regatta – provisionally on 12,13 and 14 th August 2005.

Overall Results: (Dinghies)

1st Nigel Simms (Neyland YC) Scorpion 1822, 10pts
2nd Chris Seal (New Quay YC/RAFSA) Laser 180965, 12pts
3rd Nigel Tinkler (Lllandegfedd SC) Laser 167930, 17pts
4th & 1st Master Crawford McCleary (NQYC) Laser 135518, 20pts
5th Brian Milford (Llanstephan SC) Wayfarer 1060
6th Simon Goodwin (NYC) Cherub 2682

1st Youth - Sam Williams (Llandegfedd SC) Laser 171870
1st Lady – Gwen Palmer (Mumbles YC) Laser radial 177473

Overall Results: (Cruisers)

1st ‘Blackadder’ Dr Jonathan Pryce-Jones (NQYC) Fist Class 8, 9pts
2nd ‘Obsession’ Richard Davies (NQYC) First Class 8, 10pts
3rd ‘Activator’ Mark Willis (NQYC) First Class 8, 12pts
4th ‘Brainstorm’ Dr Roger Seal/Malcolm Evans (NQYC) Super Seal 26, 14pts
5th ‘Eufo’ Liz Howells (Tresaith Mariners SC) E Boat, 16pts
6th ‘Black Legg’ George Legg (NQYC) Fulmar, 19pts

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