A FINE sunny day, flat sea and light northerly breeze made encouraging conditions for Lyme Regis Sailing Club’s Youth Regatta, though a little disappointing for the more experienced who prefer stronger winds.
The Youth Regatta was brought into the club programme recently by Cameron Moss, now assistant sailing secretary and a keen RS 800 sailor, who has helped coach younger members to sail the P course over previous weeks.
A range of 14 classes from Optimists to the RS 800, mostly single handers crewed by a total of 37 young sailors , took part in two fleets, Silver and Gold, all racing on handicap. There were visitors from Axe YC. The first three in the Silver Fleet were separated by 12 seconds only in race one, the two leaders in the Gold by one minute in an hour of racing.
Race Officer Jerry Rook made every effort to include all, and 27 completed race one while fading breezes and increasing tidal effects made it harder for the slower dinghies. Sixteen made the distance competed in race two.
Racing was followed by a BBQ and prize giving, with club engraved keepers’ trophies and CoastWaterSports vouchers for the winners, presented by the Commodore’s wife, Pauline Rook.
Cameron thanked the race officer and team, organisers and chefs on behalf of the sailors and families who spectated.
Race I and Race 2
1. Harry Wilkes and Jake Stow, RS400
2. Cameron Moss and Max Helston, RS800
3. Fraser Earle and Katie Frost, Merlin Rocket.
1. Phoebe and Saffron Clark, 420
2. Ed Stubbs, Optimist
3. Oliver Gambie, Topper
1. Lorcan Finn, Topper
2. Oliver Gambie, Topper
3. Oscar Sammons and Tom Clayton, Vibe
Tail enders completing both races
Gold: Jack Young, Phantom
Silver: Harvey Cackett, Pico