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Salcombe Yacht Club Sailing Club Series - Race 1

by John Burn & David Greening 22 Apr 14:34 BST 20 April 2024

Fast Handicap Report (by John Burn)

The commencement of the annual Yawl training weekend marked the kick-off for the Sailing Club Series, boasting a formidable lineup of 20 boats at the starting line.

With an East-North-East force 3 wind and a flood tide, the stage was set for an exciting race, albeit marred by an individual recall as two Yawls, a Merlin Rocket, and the 505 misjudged the start sequence. A challenging endeavour ensued as they manoeuvred amidst the sea of boats, grappling with wind shifts and battling against the current to correct their positions.

In a remarkable display of skill, Olly Turner, accompanied by the promising young talent Charlie Mackenzie as crew, took the lead aboard Y68. Despite Charlie's novice status in Yawl sailing, their synergy propelled them towards victory. With precision and determination, they outpaced the competition, securing first place with a commanding lead of 35 seconds, leaving seasoned contenders like Tim Fells and Fran Gifford in the Merlin to play catch-up.

Tim and Fran's commendable recovery efforts earned them a well-deserved second place on corrected time, while The Squire's in the Albacore clinched third with a consistent performance.

Under the expert guidance of Race Officer Malcolm Mackley and his team, Saturday's race unfolded seamlessly, with a challenging yet rewarding long course that garnered praise from participants, especially those navigating their way back from early setbacks.

Solo Report (by David Greening)

For the opening race of the Salcombe Yacht Club Sailing Club Series, there was a good turnout of twenty one Solos.

Race Officer Malcolm Mackley set an excellent course considering the tricky East North Easterly force three breeze and made the most of the limited amount of water that was available, by sending the fleet to Gerston by way of Crossways, then Blackstone to Y followed by a rounds of Millbay and Crossways over a neapy flood tide.

There was plenty of competition for pole position off the Portlemouth shore at the start, Simon Yates, Graham Cranford-Smith and Will Henderson making speedy getaways, whilst a few of the regular front runners struggled to find clear lanes.

By Gerston Henderson led Yates with Bill Jago in pursuit. Henderson led most of the fleet to the Saltstone shore, whilst Yates and Jago carved a lonelier furrow to leeward. At Tosnos Yates led Henderson and Jago.

By the exit if the Y mark into Yalton Creek, Henderson had established a good lead over Yates and Jago, and set off toward the Yawl trots, whilst Yates, Jago and the rest of the fleet headed for the Portlemouth shore. For a while this looked like Henderson may have made a costly error, until his pursuers ran out of wind off Fishermans and had to cross over the tide to the Town to find more wind.

By this stage Henderson led Jago and Yates to the finish, with Simon Dobson holding onto the fourth place that was his for most of the race.

Results can be found on the Salcombe Yacht Club website here.

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