Please select your home edition
Fever-Tree 728x90

Byte Open at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club

by John Saunders 20 Apr 2016 16:12 BST 16 April 2016
Bytes at Bristol Corinthian © John Saunders

It was another interesting day for the Bytes when they joined fleets of Solo, OK and Laser at Bristol Corinthian on Saturday. Bristol Corinthian is a big bowl of a reservoir, with the Cheddar hills looming in the background, perfectly able to accommodate the four fleets. Wind was brisk but extremely cold when away from the shelter of the clubhouse and it's bacon sandwiches! There were ten Bytes and once again the fleet was a mixture of ladies, young people... and rather older people!

Race one got under way for three back to back races with a rather biased line and some of the Bytes tacking off after just a few yards. It was a long beat to the windward mark with the wind becoming increasingly shifty as the sheltering effect of the distant hills came into play. As the race developed Ryan Bush (Bristol Corinthian) pulled out a substantial lead with a following pack comprising Andrew Sant (Combs), Stu Moore (Weston) and Charlie Sanson (Bowmoor), who squabbled round displaying close racing. At the end Ryan was a clear winner from Andrew and Charlie. Behind this group the following pack also were enjoying close racing.

There was a delay between races one and two as the committee boat was moved to present a more reliable line. The wind increased for this race and again Ryan established himself at the front and stayed there with the usual battle behind him. The leading boats sailed into the back of the Solo fleet and some of the faster Lasers caught the Bytes but politeness reigned and there were no problems. At the end it was Ryan from Andrew with Emily Watson (Bowmoor) taking third.

The final race saw Ryan sailing in a more relaxed mood having already won the event and on this occasion he did not lead but Charlie made it to the front of the pack followed by Stu Moore then Ryan. They finished in this order.

It was another good day but with numbers reduced from last week at Bowmoor. Not bad though when you consider there have been opens on consecutive Saturdays. It was a great win for Ryan who was just back from the Youth Nationals where he had been sailing his 29er.

The next event is the Inland Championships at Haversham on 28-29 May where a really good turnout is expected. I just hope the weather warms up a bit for that!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st891Ryan BushBCYC11‑32
2nd1677Andrew Sant?22‑54
3rd2957Charlie SansomBowmoor‑4415
4th867Stu MooreWeston Sailing Club3‑525
5th3583Emily WatsonBowmoor‑7347
6th3588Zoe BazenBowmoor56‑711
7th3584Matt BanbrookBowmoor6‑7612
8th2623Gary HoganEPSC88‑916
9th2943Christian ConlanBowmoor‑99817

Related Articles

Byte Inlands at Bowmoor
Great final event of the 2017 calendar The weekend of September 30/October 1st saw the final event in the Byte Class calendar, the Inland Championships at Bowmoor Sailing Club and what a great end to a very successful season it was. Posted on 5 Oct 2017
Bytes at Combs
With a tempting smell of bacon and splendid view of the hills Racing is important at this club of course but it would not be Combs without substantial consumption of victuals and as usual competitors were greeted on Saturday morning by the tempting smell of cooking bacon and a splendid view of the surrounding hills. Posted on 15 Sep 2017
Bytes at WOSH 2017
Weston SC's singlehander event over the weekend A dozen Bytes turned up to race in Weston Sailing Clubs WOSH singlehander event over the weekend of 12/13 August. Byte turnout was somewhat reduced because of the recent bumper Nationals at WPNSA and the teenage section of the fleet being off on holiday. Posted on 15 Aug 2017
Byte National Championships at Weymouth
Great results for sailors of all ages Well it was July after all so it should have been expected that the first day of the Byte National Championships should be cancelled because of inclement weather! The wind howled and the rain lashed as the 32 entrants looked out. Posted on 27 Jul 2017
Qualification window opens
For the Youth Olympic Games The qualification window for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) has opened after the Techno 293 Plus World Championships kicked off in Brittany, France this weekend. Posted on 17 Jul 2017
Bytes at Haversham
Racing for 'grown-ups' It was racing for 'grown-ups' in the Haversham Byte open over the weekend of June 6/7 because the younger section of the fleet were away training at Bowmoor. There were also a few other notable absentees who had tendered their excuses. Posted on 12 May 2017
Bytes at West Oxfordshire
15 helms under blue skies, but with little wind The day dawned sunny with a clear blue sky, which was strange for the competitors setting off early from Manchester, where that never happens. Posted on 13 Apr 2017
Byte Travellers at Bowmoor
A bright and shiny morning to start the series It was a bright and shiny morning last Saturday when 22 Bytes turned up at Bowmoor Sailing Club, supported by 17 Lasers, for the first Byte open of the season. Posted on 28 Mar 2017
Byte class set for the 2017 season
After 2 years of spectacular growth and increased turnout After a couple of years of spectacular growth and increased turnout, the Byte Class is looking for continued success in 2017 leading up to the World Championships in Weymouth in 2018. Posted on 3 Mar 2017
Bytes at Frampton on Severn
Final open meeting of the season for the class The last Byte open meeting of the season was shared with Enterprises and Mirrors at Frampton on Severn. The day was dry, mostly sunny and winds varied from minus three to about 10 miles per hour. Posted on 27 Oct 2016