Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik 2021 Medal Mania LEADERBOARD

2.4m fleet at the PPSA Port of Plymouth Regatta 2021

by Sam Marshall 21 Jul 18:50 BST 9-11 July 2021
2.4m fleet at the PPSA Port of Plymouth Regatta © Paul Gibbins / paulgibbinsphotography.pixieset.com

Five Frensham boats travelled to Plymouth assisted by Shaun Devoto. They were also joined by Jonny Currell from Parkstone making a total of six entries, with two others unfortunately unable to attend due to an injury and a Covid isolation restriction.

Launching on Friday was interesting; down a slipway with helm on-board and a long hand paddle around to the marina (good training for the RNLI). Mr Meeham suggested, whilst paddling for England, that these boats had sails so why not use them. This was deemed an excellent idea making it somewhat less tiresome - though too late for Meeham.

The racing area was large, with a beat of considerable distance (obviously a run to match!) in clear water bar occasional weed. Saturday was the lighter wind day and the start line was shared with some somewhat larger boats than us who fortunately started before us.

We were slightly caught out with sunburn as it was raining when we left the dock, yet by the evening we all had red cheeks and it wasn't a result of the plentiful beers at the evening pontoon party where we joined the J24 fleet before their AGM.

There was a mixed set of results on Saturday and one suspects that weed might have played a significant part, along with some interesting tidal patterns. It definitely seemed to pay to do some backward sailing in between races.

Megan Pascoe didn't quite achieve a clean sweep in the four races as Bruce Hill stole the last, with Meg finishing third. It was also Simon Meehan's first ever 2.4m event finishing a commendable third in the first race; must have been all that paddling the previous evening.

Sunday dawned, the wind and waves picked up more and the rain showers were threatening. Megan, Bruce and Jonny suffered some closer-than-hoped incidents around some of the marks with the significantly larger yachts adding to the adrenaline factor. Again, nice long courses and good starts lines with no one out of contention; in fact the fleet stayed together for the three races with very little distance between first and last.

Meg achieved another clean sweep securing her overall win, but wasn't always in the lead (she was once even instructed to stop racing for the turning Santander Ferry). Kate also hit a mark when rounding inside another larger boat, although there was actually plenty of room, She just felt a little intimidated and tacked too early, allowing the tide to take her onto the buoy. She was doing so well up until then.

Overall everyone really enjoyed the event with well-run races, very little hanging around between starts and great hospitality despite Covid restricting many of the social events.

Event website: dinghy-regatta.ppsa.org.uk
Paul Gibbins Photography images available: paulgibbinsphotography.pixieset.com

Overall Results:

PosHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1Megan Pascoe111‑31116
2Bruce Hill22212‑3211
3Jonathan Currell4‑53232317
4Nev Millard(DNF)45544426
5Kate Hedley5344‑65627
6Simon Meehan3‑66656531

Related Articles

One Design fleets at the Plymouth Regatta
J24 racing, plus Seascape 18 National Championship The J24 fleet saw 13 entries with several travelling by sea and road from Poole, Fowey and even as far as Saltash! With the hot weather locked in for the weekend and thermal breezes an almost certainty, Champagne sailing was on the cards. Posted on 1 Aug 2018
Cruiser, White-sail and Single-Handed Fleets
At the Plymouth Regatta earlier in July For the first time ever, Plymouth Regatta was run from Plymouth Yacht Haven over the 13-15 July. Incorporating the Seascape 18 Nationals, a competitive J24 fleet and 2 IRC fleets, it was set to be a great weekend, with perfect weather forecast. Posted on 31 Jul 2018
IRC fleets at the Plymouth Regatta
Is there really another lap?! The fleet woke to a gloriously sunny Saturday morning albeit with no breeze and after a briefing with the PRO it was decided that IRC would be split into two fleets and the fleets would wait for the breeze in the sound. Posted on 31 Jul 2018
All set for Plymouth Regatta 2015
Less than two weeks to go It's less than two weeks until the Plymouth Regatta 2015, organised by the Port of Plymouth Sailing Association, starts on Friday 17th July. Posted on 10 Jul 2015
Plymouth Regatta announces partner charity
National Coastwatch Institution helps to save lives Plymouth Regatta 2015, organised by the Port of Plymouth Sailing Association, is pleased to announce that the Regatta charity this year will be the National Coastwatch Institution, Rame Head. Posted on 31 May 2015
Hat-trick for Plymouth Regatta 2015
Three fleets hold to hold their nationals Plymouth Regatta 2015, organised by the Port of Plymouth Sailing Association, is delighted to confirm that three fleets have elected to hold their National Championships during the regatta which takes place over three days from 17th – 19th July. Posted on 31 Jan 2015
Early warning signal
For Plymouth Regatta 2015 The bands are booked, the race management team is one stand by and date for 'Plymouth Regatta 2015' is set. Posted on 15 Nov 2014
Port of Plymouth Regatta
Something for everyone The annual Port of Plymouth Regatta promised ‘Something for Everyone and delivered just that in the excellent sailing waters of Plymouth Sound. The regatta, sponsored by the Cattewater Harbour Commission, spanned eight days. Posted on 3 Aug 2012
2012 Port of Plymouth Regatta
To be held in July Plymouth Regatta, the championship race meeting of the Port, will take place 21st to 29th July, offering very competitive racing for all monohull yachts and dinghies. Posted on 29 Jan 2012
Yacht entry opens
For the 2011 Port of Plymouth Regatta Entries are now open for the 2011 Port of Plymouth Regatta, the major annual sailing event organised by the Port of Plymouth Sailing Association with major sponsorship by the Cattewater Harbour Commissioners. Posted on 25 Feb 2011