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Yachting World Dayboat Week at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club

by David Macfarlane 29 Jun 2021 21:23 BST 20-24 June 2021
Yachting World Dayboat Nationals in Falmouth © Hilton Willott

After the inevitable cancellation of last year's DB Week in Brixham, the class was determined to go ahead and hold an event in 2021.

Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in Falmouth hosted the event which ran from the 20th to the 24th June. As with previous visits the club laid a set of moorings for the fleet directly in front of the clubhouse and the club launch was available to ferry the sailors to and from their boats.

The race programme consisted of 5 points races, a Long-Distance race and an 'Opportunity' race for crews and ladies to take the helm. All races were held in the very picturesque sailing area of the Carrick Roads.

Unlike large parts of the rest of the country the weather gods looked favourably down on the fleet with light to medium breezes and lots of sunshine.

The racing for the 16 strong fleet was superbly managed by principal race officer Neil Hopkins and his very experienced committee boat and mark laying teams.

After an extremely closely fought series, with four different race winners, the final overall result was only decided on the last reach of the last race when Alastair & Jacqui Seaton (Bosham SC), secured 2nd place and were relieved to see that their closest rival for the title, Peter Hewitt (Poole YC), could only manage to finish in 4th place!

The 7 mile course for the Long-Distance Race held on the Tuesday consisted of one turning mark way up the Fal river right at the top of the Carrick Roads, and various navigational hazards including mud banks, an anchored ship and the King Harry Ferry! After rounding the turning mark the fleet ran back down the river to the finish off Loe beach where a number of boats stopped for a well-earned picnic lunch.

The race was won in the last 100m by Geoff & Margaret Pell (Shearwater SC).

Our sincere thanks go to the RCYC who hosted the event despite a Covid outbreak which temporarily closed the bar and restaurant at the club.

Overall Results:
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PosBoat NameSail NoHelm & CrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stMojo653Alastair & Jacqui SeatonBosham SC2‑72127
2ndMerlin669Peter Hewitt & Chris LockettPoole SC1214‑68
3rdIcarus673Mark & Shirley StantonBosham SC3132‑49
4thYellow Peril597David & Fiona MacfarlaneBosham SC‑8463316
5thDazer672Geoff & Margaret PellShearwater SC4(DNC)78120
6th 678Michael Hewitt/Steve CreaseyRYA‑9345820
7thAurora675Steve & Annette WilsonPoole SC5659‑1025
8thCasspiain614Tim Wilcock & Nigel TrentBosham SC105‑137527
9thAvocet565Tim & Diana ParkinsonThornbury SC68‑96727
10thDaisy640Mark & Sue RossBosham SC7101110‑1238
11thLiquid Luck674Barry & Jan ColgateBosham SC1111812‑1542
12thAttila572Dave Allen & Alfie AllenThornbury SC13121013‑1448
13thWidgeon660Penny & Steve DaviesGravesend SC149‑16141350
14thSnazzy646Paul & Christine SheldrickBosham SC15(DNC)1215951
15thVis Vitae618Adrian & Jane WellerBosham SC12(DNC)14DNC1154
16thHazy Daze612Richard & Deborah TwymanGravesend SC(DNC)DNC1511DNF60

Ladies race winner - Fiona Macfarlane (Bosham SC)
Crews race winner - Jacqui Seaton (Bosham SC)

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