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K1 Travellers at Teign Corinthian Yacht Club

by Michael Commander 13 May 10:45 BST 12 May 2019
K1 Travelllers at Teign Corinthian © Heather Davies

The eight visitors that made it to south Devon were greeted by wall to wall sunshine over the weekend of May 11 and 12. This was the order of the day for all the sailors that came to Coombe Cellars on the south bank of the River Teign.

The visitors were able to join in the club racing on the Saturday while watching loads of club youngsters enjoy a river treasure hunt on their River Teign Adventure. On Sunday three back to back races were planned and executed by our race officer Steve Pocock no doubt helped by the steady 12knot easterly which was reinforced by the sea breeze coming up the valley champagne sailing!

Race 1 got underway with a clean start with two boats getting away from the bunch up the first beat. Ian Duke was closing in on the windward mark when Mike Commander ducked his transom and a short while later tacked on starboard and able to lead around the first mark. Sailing four laps of a triangle, sausage course Mike was able to build on his lead each lap and finished first with Ian second and Geoff King third.

Race 2 followed a similar pattern but this time Gordon Reyworth gave chase to Mike. The first beat saw Gordon head left into the main channel while Mike played the middle of the course. The left clearly paid as Gordon had lovely lift coming in to the top mark and headed off on the triangle with Mike chasing hard. The second reach saw Gordon defend his lead as he pushed over to the south bank of the river and both ended up running down to the leeward mark. Again Gordon headed left up the beat only to fluff his rounding and let Mike through who mistakenly thought he was on a triangle and both sailed off to the wing mark. Fortunately for them they both had such a lead over the rest of the fleet that James Stevenson couldnt capitalise even though he sailed the correct down-wind leg.

Race 3 saw some aggressive starting with James, Jeff Vander Borght and Mike all vying for the committee boat end of the line. Realising there was no room at the committee boat Mike ducked both as Jeff squeezed James up and the wrong side of the race officer. The extra pace bearing away saw Mike sail close up under the lee of Jeff and away he went to record his third bullet of the series.

Huge thank-you to the race management team at TCYC and all the helpers on and off the water that made it such an enjoyable weekend. Even had people saying they now wanted to move down to Devon! Success.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubR1R2R3Pts
1stMike Commander103TCYC‑1112
2ndGordon Keyworth129Wimbleball SC‑6224
3rdIan Duke73Datchet Water SC2‑546
4thGeoff King115Tewkesbury C & S3‑436
5thJames Stevenson85TCYC53(DNS)8
6thGeoff Vander Borght127Lyme Regis SC46(RET)10
7thGraham Blackwell52Bartley SC‑77512
8thDavid Pritchett105Rutland SC8‑9614
9thSteve Conway146Rutland SC‑98715
10thColin Allen25Wimbleball SC1010(DNC)20

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