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Ullswater Yacht Club Daffodil Regatta

by Ullswater Yacht Club 4 May 10:44 BST 27-28 April 2024

A record entry of over 90 boats from as far afield as Dorset and Ireland took part in Ullswater Yacht Club's Daffodil Regatta over the weekend of the 27th and 28th April.

This year's Regatta incorporated the Musto Skiff Northern Championships, the RS200 Northern Championships, open events for the OK and VX One Classes, and youth, cruiser and fast and slow, handicap fleets.

The Daffodil Regatta celebrates spring in the Lake District and on the Saturday competitors were greeted not only by daffodils but also sunshine, mountain scenery and a light north easterly breeze. Course A for the asymmetric and fast handicap fleets was set at the northern end of the lake, while the other fleets on Course B, raced further south, between the Club and Howtown.

The asymmetric and fast handicap fleets experienced shifty "snakes and ladders" racing. While at times there was sufficient wind to plane and trapeze, the race officer on Course A called it a day after three races in a dying breeze. Meanwhile, the slower fleets had a long afternoon but completed four races.

On Saturday evening the Club's volunteers provided an evening meal which was both a sell out and accompanied by a courageous assault on the Club's bar, led by the Musto and OK classes.

On Sunday the fleets swapped course areas with the slower classes starting just off the Club. The gusty, shifty and cold northerly breeze of 5 to 10 kts which gradually swung west during the day, made course setting a challenge for the race officers. Nonetheless all classes completed three back to back races. For competitors, consistency and success at reading the wind on the water were once again key yet difficult to achieve.

Overall Results:

PosHelm (& Crew)Boat TypeClubPts
Musto Skiff Northern Championships (26 entries)
1stSam Pascoe Castle Cove SC 4
2ndRobert Richardson Royal Windermere YC10
3rdDanny Boatman Sunderland YC12
RS 200 Northern Championships (14 entries)
1stBrendan Lynch & Ellen Clark East Lothian YC6
2ndChris & Evie Pickles Bassenthwaite SC8
3rdMathew & Oliver Sharman Delph SC & Bass. SC10
OK Dinghy (11 entries)
1stRoger Tushingham Peek Freen SC10
2ndIan Hopwood Bassenthwaite SC11
3rdChris Turner Lyme Regis SC14
Youth & Juniors (10 entries)
1stTom & Daniel WhiteheadRS Feva XLFiley SC7
2ndOlivia DembinskiILCA 4Ullswater YC12
3rdAgnes PriestlyRS Tera SportUllswater YC20
Slow All Class Handicap (13 entries)
1stLloyd & Rory RobertsSnipeBough Beech SC7
2ndDavid KitchenFinnDalgety Bay SC9.5
3rdKeith EscrittRS Aero 7Yorkshire Dales SC12
Fast All Class Handicap (9 entries)
1stIan Modral & Robin HigginsTempestUllswater YC6
2ndDavid & Charlie ChandlerFlying 15Ullswater YC7
3rdGraham Donkin & David LyonsTempestUllswater YC8.5
VX One (6 entries)
1stNeal Piper & Mike Smith Tynemouth SC6
2ndLester Noble & Mark Simpson Ullswater YC7
3rdTony Lewis & Andrew Cutting Ullswater YC8
Cruisers (3 entries)
1stSteven & Jane KingBeneteau 25.7Ullswater YC4
2ndColin Brown & Sam HardingHunter EuropaUllswater YC9
3rdDavid Thomson & Neil SayerHunter EuropaUllswater YC14

Full results are available at Ullswater Yacht Club's website here and Tim Olin has published links to extensive library of event photographs at his website here.

Magic Marine and Triggernaught Sports Glasses sponsored the Daffodil Regatta with additional prizes and competitor discounts. In turn, competitors generously contributed to both the Great North Air Ambulance, the Club's charity of the year, and the RNLI, who both attended the event.

Ullswater Yacht Club now looks forward to its 62nd holding of the Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy, the "Glastonbury of Sailing". This comprises two long distance races around the entire lake on the weekend of 6th and 7th July. With eight weeks still to go before the closing date of 30th June (no late entries), almost 100 boats have already entered.

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