Please select your home edition
Craftinsure 2023 LEADERBOARD

YW Dayboats at the 2023 Salcombe Town Regatta

by Simon Bullingham 9 Aug 2023 12:19 BST 29 July - 5 August 2023

Twelve YW Dayboats enjoyed a fantastic regatta as part of the Salcombe Town Regatta. Salcombe Yacht Club kindly gave the YWDB fleet its own start. The majority of the boats gave crewing opportunities throughout the week to 18 youth sailors (there was a spreadsheet!) who did really well in tricky wind and tide conditions.

The first race saw Peter Hewitt crewed by Mark Bullingham, resume his usual position at the front of the fleet closely followed by Nicholas and Jennifer Crang and Colin Blewett with Chrissy Campbell. The race was a good tussle with many place changes throughout the fleet. Georgina Bullingham with sister-in-law Rachael crewing, in her first race in a YWDB as helm, finished ahead of former national champion James Hewitt and more significantly her husband!

A tricky start to Race 2 with a gusty westerly breeze and a windward mark at Blackstone. Simon Bullingham had an amazing start, only to go back following a recall - which turned out to be for Dave Allen who was judged to be just over. There were again several changes in position throughout the race and the fleet. At the final mark at Crossways, Peter Hewitt and Andy Hewitt, Colin Blewett and Chrissy Campbell arrived shortly followed by Simon and Natalia Bullingham. On the final leg, James Hewitt with Beau Perry and Jon "Robbo" Gent with Hugh Straker managed to sneak ahead leaving the finishing positions Colin Blewett 1st, Pete Hewitt 2nd and Robbo 3rd and James Hewitt 4th.

Racing on Wednesday was cancelled due to strong winds. Many thanks to the race committee for making a very sensible early call on this. This ensured the crews could plan for a day off and after an excellent fleet dinner in SYC. This was particularly welcome to some!

In race 3 the in-form Mike Hewitt and Geneveive Bullingham managed to get clear away in very tricky conditions with a lot of ebb tide and a flukey North Westerly breeze. They finished first and were closely followed by Robbo and Freddie Gent 2nd and Matt and Cora Straker 3rd. Simon Bullingham and Zanna Gent finishing just behind in 4th.

The final race formed part of the slow handicap. Again, a strong Ebb tide and a flukey North Westerly breeze meant that getting away at the start was crucial. Andy and Max Hewitt finished just ahead of Mike and Henry Hewitt 2nd and Nick and Jennifer Crang 3rd.

With a cancelled race on the Wednesday meaning there were no discards Peter Hewitt was overall winner with 8 points. Jon "Robbo" Gent second on 11 points and Colin Blewitt third on 14 points. The fact that Mike Hewitt (fifth) and Matt Straker (sixth) were also both on 14 points demonstrates how close the racing was.

Whilst Salcombe town regatta is a very competitive event it has a lovely, fun, relaxed feel about it. The YWDB crew fully entered into the carnival atmosphere with the some great karaoke, some brutal greasy pole action and a memorable performance by Stan in the ice cream eating competition.

Many thanks to Ian "Scud" Stewart and his team for putting on a fantastic event in very tricky conditions and raising a good sum of money for charity in the process. Thanks also to all the staff at Salcombe YC for putting on a great fun regatta and in particular those who made the SYC dinner such a memorable event. Thanks also to the Salcombe Brewery Co. for sponsoring the SYC welcome evening.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3Pts
1st669Peter HewittVarious1258
2nd619Jonathan Gent Various63211
3rd647Colin BlewettChrissy Campbell311014
4th678Mike HewittVarious58114
5th621Matt Straker Various47314
6th629Nicholas CrangJennifer /Rebecca Crang26715
7th676James Hewitt Various104620
8th677Simon BullinghamVariousDNF5422
9th572Dave Allen 7OCS828
10th648Georgina BullinghamJP/RA Bullingham991129
11th650Susan Clayton 8101230
12th663John LokierPhil Lokier11DNF933

Related Articles

Yachting World Dayboat Week at Brixham
Blessed with sunshine and good sailing breezes A 17-strong fleet of Yachting World Dayboats travelled to Brixham Yacht Club for the week of the 22nd June to take part in Day Boat Week 2024. Posted on 30 Jun
Avon Yachting World Dayboat Open
A complete range of experience and ages present The third Avon Sailing Club (ASC), Yachting World Dayboat open meeting was held on Saturday 1st June. Race officer Peter Keighley learnt from previous years that keeping the course simple, was the key to a quiet day at the office. Posted on 4 Jun
Yachting World Dayboat Open at Bosham
The sun shone throughout and the wind gods delivered The 12 boat fleet enjoyed champagne sailing conditions at this year's Bosham SC Open Meeting. The sun shone throughout, and the wind gods delivered a fabulous 10-12 knot breeze. Posted on 22 May
Bosham Regatta 2023
A perfect day on the water for the 140 boats and 250 sailors Last Saturday 140 boats and 250 sailors took part in the annual Bosham Regatta. Champagne conditions, canon finishes, and a superb regatta tea meant it was the perfect day on the water. Posted on 7 Sep 2023
YW Dayboat Week 2023 at Rock
Returning to the venue after a gap of four years After a gap of four years, RRock Sailing and Waterski Club welcomed back a highly competitive 24 boat fleet of Yachting World Dayboats for their 2023 Dayboat Week over the week of the 24th June. Posted on 3 Jul 2023
Avon YW Dayboat Open
Legendary hospitality attracts a record entry The second Avon SC Yachting World Dayboat open meeting took place on Saturday 3rd June. News of the now legendary hospitality offered at the Avon SC and its family friendly environment led to a record number of 11 entries. Posted on 5 Jun 2023
YW Dayboats at Bosham
Lots of families sailing together up the very picturesque creek Bosham SC hosted their annual Yachting World Dayboat open meeting and, as in previous years, the event was integrated into the club's premier dinghy event the three day Masters. A strong fleet of home club boats was joined by six visitors. Posted on 24 May 2023
Gravesend SC takes the Mayor and Mayoress sailing
Traditional annual sail past, with cannons and canapés Gravesend Sailing Club held its traditional annual sail past on Sunday 9th April to celebrate the beginning of the new sailing season on the lower Thames. This year the club was delighted to welcome Gravesend Mayor Peter Scollard. Posted on 11 Apr 2023
Gravesend Sailing Club Dinghy Regatta weekend
Eleven Dayboats and Wayfarers took to the Thames As part of the local community, Gravesend Sailing Club were delighted to be a part of the Gravesham Regatta in conjunction with the local rowing club, supported by the MVS and Sea Cadets. Posted on 24 Aug 2022
Bosham Classic Boat Revival cancelled
Significant numbers of attendees are not able to make it Sadly, Bosham SC have reluctantly taken the very difficult decision to cancel the event planned for the weekend of 3rd & 4th September due in part to the feedback that significant numbers of regular attendees would not be able to make the event this year. Posted on 21 Aug 2022