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Salcombe Yacht Club Summer Series Race 6

by Simon Dobson 16 Jul 2018 19:15 BST 14 July 2018

With Sharp's Doom Bar Merlin Rocket Week deemed a great success, club racing resumed at Salcombe Yacht Club last Saturday.

Sunny skies and a moderate sea breeze attracted plenty of competitors to the action and over 60 boats took part in a good day's racing. Mindful of the spring low tide and a lack of wind in the upper reaches of the Estuary, the Race Officer set a course to Blackstone and Saltstone, followed by another loop around Blackstone and Crossways.

The 11 strong Cadet fleet was first away and Ben Meek continued his recent unbeatable form to record another victory with Edward Alexander in second place. The Medium Handicap fleet is being swelled these days by a growing group of Laser 4.7s, most of them sailed by recent graduates from the Cadet fleet. Peter Cook and Janet Exelby remain tough to beat in their Firefly but behind them Emily Janzen won the battle of the teenagers in her Laser 4.7. The Fast Handicap fleet saw 9 starters with the Phantom of Chris Cleaves and the Aero of Dan Bridger enjoying a close battle on corrected time that was decided by a mere 20 seconds in favour of Cleaves.

The Solo fleet had its best turnout in some time with 23 boats competing. A second gun at the start indicated that some boats were over the start line and Simon Dobson and Julian Meek returned to re-cross the line. Having done so however, they found more breeze out on the Salcombe side and were able to cross ahead of the rest of the fleet who had suffered from a lack of wind on the Portlemouth shore. Dobson worked the wind shifts to round Blackstone with lead that he extended steadily throughout the race. Billy Jago, David Greening and Malcolm Mackley had a close fought battle behind that was finally resolved in that order. In the Yawl fleet Geoff Gilson and Chris Spencer Chapman sailed to victory from Martin and Cheryl Beck with Andrew Wood and Tim Petit in third.

Race 6 Results:

Cadets
1st Tera Pro, Ben Meek
2nd Tera Sport, Edward Alexander

Medium Handicap
1st Firefly, Peter Cook and Janet Exelby
2nd Laser 4.7, Emily Janzen

Fast Handicap
1st Phantom, Chris Cleaves
2nd Aero, Dan Bridger
3rd Phantom, Alistair Morley

Solo
1st Simon Dobson
2nd Billy Jago
3rd David Greening

Yawl
1st Geoff Gilson and Chris Spencer Chapman
2nd Martin and Cheryl Beck
3rd Andrew Wood and Tim Petit

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