Please select your home edition
Edition
Jersey Regatta 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Salcombe Yacht Club Sailing Club Series Race 1

by David Greening 26 May 17:42 BST 22 May 2021

Race Officer Andrew Squire set an around-the-harbour course as the opener for the Salcombe Yacht Club Sailing Club Series on 22nd May, the high tide allowing the fleets visits to Blackstone, Yalton, Frogmore, Saltstone and Gerston, followed by a mini, but challenging lap of the harbour in a West North Westerly Force 4 breeze.

First away was Ben Meek in a Laser 4.7 in the Slow Handicap fleet, who gallantly sailed the full course enjoying the flat out planning reaches at Widegates.

The Fast Handicap Fleet numbers were swelled by a couple of visiting Merlin Rockets, helmed by Peter Ballantine and Chris Gould, who pulled away from fleet regulars Graham and Fiona Cranford Smith and the Lark of Will and Mandy Henderson.

A healthy turnout of twelve Solos saw the majority start along the Portlemouth shore, however class captain Adrian Griffin and stalwart Geoff Allen set off along the Town Side allowing Adrian to round the Blackstone mark ahead of Simon Dobson. On the hard beat out of Yalton, Paul Ellis and Tim Law powered their way through and enjoyed flat out duelling reaches at Widegates, with Paul holding Tim off. Simon still in third place rounded Crossways to the wrong side on the last lap, which allowed Chris Cleaves to grab third place.

In the Yawls, Geoff Gilson and Chris Spencer Chapman led the race to Blackstone, only to be hauled in by David and Gillian Stone in Red Rooster, who once establishing a lead took the opportunity to stretch it over the power reaching legs at the top of the harbour and take the win, however neither Red fleet Yawl pulled far enough ahead of the classic Yawls of Andrew Wood and Stephen Galvin to secure the win, such are the vagaries of a North Westerly at Salcombe.

Medium Handicap Results:

1st Laser 4.7 190526 Ben Meek

Fast Handicap Results:

1st Merlin Rocket 3812 Peter Ballantine and Rob Allen
2nd Merlin Rocket 3803 Chris Gould and Caroline Croft
3rd Lark 2157 Will and Mandy Henderson

Solo Results:

1st 5574 Paul Ellis
2nd 5743 Tim Law
3rd 5879 Chris Cleaves

Salcombe Yawl Results:

1st 97 Andrew Wood
2nd 99 Stephen Galvin
3rd 184 David and Gillian Stone

Related Articles

Salcombe Summer Series race 5
Trolley feng shui Racing dinghy sailors as a genre are not very good at trolley stacking. Plainly, the shortest measurable time after launching, is losing the wheels in anticipation of the race ahead. Posted on 25 Jul
Salcombe Summer Series race 4
Buckets and spades abound on the beaches Buckets and spades abounded on the beaches plus many large rafted yachts in the Ria. Posted on 20 Jul
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week overall
Winner not decided until the end of the final race With the title still not decided, competitors were welcomed by more breeze than had been forecast, again from the South-West giving very enjoyable sailing conditions. Posted on 9 Jul
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week day 5
The maths is such that Birrell & Potts could still win from Gillard & Holman Wednesday evening saw a lovely celebration of Spud Rowsell's life with humorous recollections from Alan Warren, Barry Dunning, Jon Turner, Keith Callaghan, Pat Blake and Scotty. A life well lived. Posted on 8 Jul
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week day 4
Conditions for Wednesday were close to perfect Following the excitement of Tuesday's racing, conditions for Wednesday were close to perfect. A force 3-4 South-westerly was blowing up the harbour with enough shifts and gusts to make for interesting racing. Posted on 7 Jul
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week day 3
A breeze day in Salcombe Harbour! All eyes had been on the forecast for Tuesday since the start of the week and it did not disappoint. The storm had passed through overnight and by the morning the sun was out and the wind was ripping down through the harbour with some vicious gusts. Posted on 6 Jul
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week day 2
A morning of sunshine though precious little wind In contrast to the first morning rain, competitors at Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week were greeted by a morning of sunshine though precious little wind. Posted on 5 Jul
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week day 1
The ritual of crossing the estuary to Mill Bay returns Two years have passed since the fleet last descended on Salcombe for the Salcombe Gin sponsored Merlin Week, so it was with much excitement that the morning fleet set about the ritual of crossing the estuary to Mill Bay to prepare for the morning race. Posted on 4 Jul
Salcombe Summer Series race 1
Hendersons reign supreme on corrected time Saturday 26th June saw the kick off of the Salcombe Yacht Club Summer Series, with a light East South Easterly breeze over a low flood tide. Posted on 1 Jul
Salcombe YC Sailing Club Series Race 5
A decent beat to South Pool in a 10 knot south easterly This day we were blessed with a south east 10 knot breeze on neap high water. South east is a sub-optimal wind direction in Salcombe, however the windward mark at South Pool produced a decent beat. Posted on 21 Jun