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2023 Dinghy Regatta and Bart's Bash at Teign Corinthian Yacht Club

by Mike Commander 17 Sep 18:08 BST 9-10 September 2023

Over the weekend of 9th & 10th September TCYC held its annual dinghy regatta and rolled in our Bart's Bash race at the same time. This was to take advantage of suitable tides as the nationally advertised dates (16th & 17th September) for Bart's Bash are unsuitable for us estuary sailors in south Devon.

And what a weekend it was - the weather was a superb mid 20s, crystal blue skies and a superb sea breeze flooding up the river.

Race Officer, Steve Pocock, set a simple triangular course and explained the days' proceedings atop our very wobbly committee boat. With ages ranging from 8 upwards and sailing abilities ranging from novice to world champion it was important for all to keep their wits about them as our young novices were treated as moveable obstructions with a need for the more experienced to keep clear at all times. Over the course of the weekend 30 different dinghies took part including those in club boats like RS Tera's, Q'bas, Fevas and Visions as well as club member boats like ILCA 6's (formerly Laser Radials), Enterprise, Solos, Taser, Topper Topaz, Wanderer and Wayfarer - so a complete mishmash of boats.

In recognition of Bart's sense of fun, the weekend was advertised as a pirate themed party with young and old dressing the part, some taking to the water in full pirate regalia.

And not just sailing on the river but paddling on both standard and giant SUPs (stand up paddleboards). Our fellow scouts from the Shaldon River Teign Sea Scouts (RTSS) led the paddling on both afternoons with some 20 children joining in the fun and games.

And to cap it all we welcomed some 17 new members to come along for the fun, games and a club BBQ hosted by our resident chef Ian Heppell. We must have been doing something right because we gained 7 new members as a result - they must be as mad as the rest of us.

Can't let this go without saying a huge thank you to all those that helped make this such a memorable event, 25 different folk over the weekend. Thank you all!

And last but not least if anyone still wants to donate to the Andrew Simpson Foundation in memory of Bart please follow this JustGiving link. Bart was such a wonderful guy, family man, friend to many and superbly talented Olympic sailor. He's remembered fondly by many of us and his legacy of the Andrew Simpson Foundation is inspiring to so many young sailors around the world. Go Bart!

Best Dressed Pirates:

U8: Rylie Commander Finnemore
8-15: Oliver Commander
Adult: Ian Clemow and Claire Colyer (joint winners)

Overall Results:

PosHelmBoat TypePts
Bart's Bash Race
1stTim MartinSolo 
2ndMalcolm DaviesTaser 
3rdGrant SimmonsSolo 
Dinghy Regatta
1stTim MartinSolo4
2ndMalcolm DaviesTaser9.5
3rdGarry PhareFinn14

Full results at

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