Please select your home edition
Wessex Resins 2019 - Pro-Set - 728x90

Laser Open at Dittisham Sailing Club

by Steven Black 24 Jun 2017 09:00 BST 18 June 2017
Dittisham Laser Open © Dittisham Sailing Club

On a quite beautiful sunny Sunday, a small host of local Laser sailors were delighted to be joined by a squadron of Torpoint Mosquito Lasers who had flown in for the day to enjoy the idyllic sailing waters of Dittisham, a hearty mid-racing pasty lunch, splendid post-match cream tea, before buzzing off with most of the prizes.

It would have been nice if the wind had been a couple of notches higher up the Beaufort Scale, but everything else was ideal – a weak neap tide to not hinder the unwary too much; a moderate sea breeze coming in as everyone was rigging on the foreshore; and a compact yet testing figure-of-eight course set by the Race Office, James Dodd and his team. Having a load of Solo sailors as part of the joint open meeting also added to the spectacle, if not (for some) the enjoyment – see later.

While it was lovely for the locals to welcome our visitors from Torpoint, it was a tad disconcerting to note their youthfulness, and beautifully clean boats and crinkly sails as they set up on the beach. Not attributes we are terribly used to at DSC!

Local fears were realised immediately as Jamie Watts (Torpoint Mosquito) whizzed into a commanding lead straight off the start line, never to be headed for the three rather turgidly paced laps, with his club colleague Steve Roberts taking an equally convincing second. Bevis Wright and Steven Black followed them in third and fourth for the home club, but not particularly closely. Indeed, the two winners from Torpoint were the only members of the Laser fleet not to suffer the indignity of being overtaken by most of the allegedly slower Solo fleet, who had started off 5 minutes behind! There is something to be said for having fully-battened mains in very light weather. And some interesting things were said...

Race 2 started in very similar wind and tidal conditions, but something strangely dissimilar occurred – Steven Black and Martin Ely (both Dittisham) must have used some kind of local knowledge of which they were unaware to sneak into the first mark from the left-hand side of the beat ahead of everyone else. Even more unexpectedly, they managed to keep ahead for all three laps, with Martin overtaking to Steven to take the lead at the second mark, and then sailing superbly to take the win, even though our illustrious visitors were bearing down ever closer over the closing legs, with Jamie Watts and Steve Roberts finishing third and fourth.

Over lunchtime pasties, it was rather galling for the locals to find out that some of the Mosquitos had misread the tide completely (being under the impression that the sea was in the direction of Totnes), and yet still led the series. Rather sillily, someone helpfully put them right, and further explained about the sea breeze coming overland from the sea in Torbay, and not over the water from the sea in Dart Bay.

Unsurprisingly, armed with this useful information, normal service was resumed for the final race, with Watts and Roberts roaring off into the lead again to ensure that all the major silverware went to over the border into Cornwall. Paul Green and Craig Franklin upheld the honour of DSC coming in third and fourth.

So Jamie Watts was first with two firsts and Steve Roberts second with two seconds making it a very worthwhile sortie into Devon for the Torbay Mosquito boys, who were very gracious in victory, politely thanking Dittisham Sailing Club for the lovely sailing, lovely weather, well run races, splendid lunch & tea, and apologising for winning all the prizes.

Overall Results:

1st& 1st SW Grand Prix Travellers TrophyJamie WattsTorpoint Mosquito Sailing Club2
2nd& 2nd SW Grand Prix Travellers TrophySteve RobertsTorpoint Mosquito Sailing Club4
3rd Steven BlackDittisham Sailing Club6
4th& 3rd SW Grand Prix Travellers TrophyMartin ElyDittisham Sailing Club7
5th Bevis WrightDittisham Sailing Club9
6th Robert LoaderTorpoint Mosquito Sailing Club10
7th Roger GibbTorpoint Mosquito Sailing Club11
8th Ged VardyDittisham Sailing Club13
9th Paul GreenDittisham Sailing Club13
10th Craig FranklinDittisham Sailing Club13
1stJuniorLuca Guyon  

Related Articles

2020 Laser Masters Europeans in Andora overall
Two races held on the final day in difficult conditions The 2020 Laser Master European Championships successfully concluded today in Andora, Italy, after five days of competition. Posted on 22 Oct
2020 Laser Masters Europeans in Andora day 4
Much stronger winds with a 2 metre swell Sailing conditions changed dramatically on the fourth day at the 2020 Laser Master European Championships in Andora, Italy. Sunny days with light breeze and flat water were over and switched to dark grey sky with 12-16 knots from the East. Posted on 22 Oct
UKLA Noble Marine ILCA7 Autumn Qualifier
Weymouth hosts first and only autumn qualifier It was a rather cold affair with the first and only autumn qualifier getting under way at WPNSA. The racing was once again in the harbour and on the Saturday there was 10-12 knots of breeze coming from the East. Posted on 21 Oct
2020 Laser Masters Europeans in Andora day 3
Two races held for both fleets after a long postponement A light breeze in the morning forced a postponement on shore. The Race Committee removed the AP flag at 13:50, sending both fleets to the course for two new races in the afternoon with around 6-8 knots from NE – ENE. Posted on 20 Oct
2021 Catalyst IT Laser Nationals preview
Sam Meech is planning to make the most of the available domestic racing opportunities With limited ability to travel, Sam Meech, the 2021 New Zealand Laser Olympic representative is planning to make the most of the available domestic racing opportunities on the calendar. Posted on 19 Oct
2020 Laser Masters Europeans in Andora day 2
First scoring race held as light winds continue This second day of competition started with very light breeze. The Race Committeee could start a first race in the morning but the wind died after three legs and the race was abandoned. Posted on 19 Oct
Liam Glynn secures PB
At Laser European Championships in Poland Ballyholme Yacht Club's Liam Glynn has secured a personal best and 43rd overall after six days of racing against 126 international competitors in Gorki Zachodnie, Poland. Posted on 19 Oct
2020 Laser Masters Europeans in Andora day 1
No racing possible due to light winds The 2020 Laser Master European Championships racing started today in Andora, Italy, but unfortunately no racing could be held due to the light wind conditions. Posted on 18 Oct
ILCA/Laser - High Performance Tips with Sam Whaley
In the video Sam gives us his set up top tips on getting the best performance In the video Sam gives us his set up top tips on getting the best performance from the Laser on the race course. Posted on 15 Oct
2020 ILCA 7 Masters at Pevensey Bay
Six high quality races held for the 23 sailors A great weekend of wonderful racing, for both the experienced Laser/ILCA sailor and the club sailor (over 33 years old) with Orlando Gledhill becoming the new ILCA7 Masters Champion. Posted on 14 Oct