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Christmas Cracker Pursuit Race at Paignton Sailing Club

by James Ripley 10 Dec 2020 10:56 GMT 6 December 2020

On Sunday 6th December, Paignton Sailing Club ran the annual Christmas Cracker Pursuit Race. Until a few weeks before, we didn't even know whether we would be able to run the event due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 restrictions. However, in the end, thanks to our strict policies and procedures, we were able to safely run the regatta.

The conditions were quite light but it was warmer than expected and we raced the fleet in sunshine against the backdrop of cruise ships in the bay. 39 boats started the race with 8 RS Aeros forming the largest class.

The solitary Topper led for the first hour before slowly being reeled in by the chasing pack. In the end it was a very close battle for the win - and the whole fleet were similarly close. Richard Cain and Barney Dearsly won in their RS400. Bob Warren and Charlie Ellse made it a 400 1-2 with the Osprey of Terry Curtis and Peter Greig taking the final podium spot. Ben Flower was first single hander in his Laser in 4th beating the Merlin Rocket of Dave Lee and Kirsten Glen in 5th. First in a strong Blaze fleet was Andrew Chorlton - who was also first Paignton SC boat and 6th over all.

Congratulations to all of the competitors who took part and thank you to all of the volunteers who made the event happen.

Thank you also to series organisers Sailing Southwest, and sponsors Allen Sailing who kindly provided some prizes.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClub
1stRS 400411Richard CainBarney DearslyStarcross YC
2ndRS 400727Bob WarrenCharlie EllseRestronguet SC
3rdOsprey1234Terry CurtisPeter GreigWeymouth SC
4thLaser212109Ben Flower Tobermory YC
5thMerlin Rocket3779Dave LeeKirsten GlenStarcross YC
6thBlaze810Andrew Chorlton PSC
7thInternational Canoe340Chris Hampe Mount Batten
8th20002642Paul ProcterRebecca ProcterPSC
9thRS AERO 73174Greg Bartlett Starcross YC
10thHalo807Nick Ripley PSC
11thRS AERO 71077Sarah Probert PSC
12thBlaze757Chris Tillbrook  
13thB14711David RobertsMatt ReevesRTYC
14thLaser51476Sam Blocksidge Looe
15thLaser188783Nick Stoten Mounts Bay SC
16thMerlin Rocket3639Dan HeatonTomMount Batten
17thMerlin Rocket3698David DownsRos DownsTata Steel SC
18thRS AERO 71181Mark Ripley PSC
19thHadron H2126Arthur Phillips PSC
20thBlaze789John Worthington PSC
21stRS AERO 73023Richard Watsham Starcross YC
22ndRS AERO 72388Charlie Gilmore PSC
23rdRS AERO 72418Miles Ripley PSC
24thRS AERO 72150Nick Cravern PSC
25thBlaze513Mark Smith PSC/BYC
26thLaser Radial7104Amy Cleaves Salcombe YC
27thRS 8001232Cameron MossDarrol MossLyme Regis SC
28thRS AERO 73328Klaus Harris Swanage SC
29thBlaze797Mike Holmes PSC
30thBlaze791Neil Smythe PSC
31stSupernova587Steven Tostevin Roadford SC
32ndLaser 4.7207649Issabelle Smith PSC/BYC
33rdHadron H2117Paul Tuttle PSC/BYC
34thVortex1040Alan Goule PSC
35thRS Feva XL4994Danni EalesLacie BensonRTYC
DNCBlaze843Chris Dyer Wimbleball
DNFHobie 1695190Aidan HardyHugh WylamPSC
DNFLaser Radial Rebecca Smith PSC/BYC
DNFTopper19116Isabel Williscroft PSC
DNFRS Tera1131Iona Flett PSC

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