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Dee Estuary International Canoe Open Meeting

by Gareth Caldwell 18 Jul 2018 08:35 BST 14-15 July 2018
Dee Estuary International Canoe Open Meeting © Alan Dransfield

Dee Sailing Club (14th July) and West Kirby Sailing Club (15th July) regattas provided the racing for a no discard Dee Estuary IC Open. With the fastest growing IC fleet in the World, enthusiasm was in abundance and, for the training day on the Friday, conditions couldn't have been more perfect. Spring tides provided ample water and the wind was a steady F3.

On the Saturday, and racing in the fast handicap fleet, the wind was somewhat lighter. The prevailing wind was in a perpetual argument with the sea breeze which meant that the full Olympic course with mile long beats was to provide a test of light wind boat handling, strategic planning, and tidal knowledge. Tony Marston continued where he had left off over fifty years ago when sitting his O Level mathematics exam, and passed with flying colours! food, refreshments, sunbathing, live music, and prize giving were all on the lawn of Dee Sailing Club overlooking the estuary.

Sunday saw racing in a more consistent sea breeze. Roger Howell had shaken off his jet lag and vindicated his long drive from Plymouth by hitting hard right and leading at the windward mark. Both races were sailed in a F3, where the long legs and wave patterns provided ample opportunity to gain (and lose) places. WKSC hosted the prize giving, with trophies and cash prizes to the winners.

Thank you to both sailing clubs for making the IC fleet welcome, and to WKSC for providing buoys and a rib for the training on Friday.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmClubPYDSC 1DSC 2WKSC 1WKSC 2Pts
1stWhite Knight333Tony MarstonWest Kirby SC91013228
2ndSca'd For Life335Gareth CaldwellBlithfield S C893DNS11113
3rdIconic303Steve FlemingWest Kirby SC910526619
4thManace300Roger HowellRoyal Plymouth Corinthian YC910377320
5thLongbow262Dan SkinnerWest Kirby SC9102DNF5421
6thIcarus257Andy PotterWest Kirby SC910464822
7thFroglet 4315Stu DawsonWest Kirby SC910DNS48729
8thMustang Sally275Alasdair AlstonWest Kirby SC910DNS59529
9thWolfie233Mike HartleyWest Kirby SC910DNSDNS3DNF33

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