Lyme Regis sailor compete for prestigious Dartmouth Cannon

Winners Jerry and Pauline Rook (centre) with Ed and Dave Stubbs right, and Cameron and Darrol Moss left

THE prestigious Dartmouth Cannon, one of the oldest and most unique trophies raced for in Lyme Regis, was sailed in very a light breeze of two to three knots, on a near-flat sea over the weekend.

Only astute management by race officer Andy Robinson enabled three races to be completed, after holding on for a half-hour postponement.

He set a short course which had to be adjusted due to the wind veering 50 degrees to the south, from 120 to 180 degrees.

The course was lengthened before the second race, and the windward mark moved twice to ensure a good beat and a fair start line.

Competing were three Albacores with experienced crews relishing close racing, where each took the lead at different stages, gaining or losing in the holes in the breeze.

Dave and Ed Stubbs had the best start in the first race, beaten over the two laps by 17 seconds, Jerry and Pauline Rook taking first place, with Cameron and Darrol Moss close third.

In the third race, which lasted all of seven minutes, Cameron was first to the windward mark, then lost out to the others as Andy’s shortened course decision saved the race.

“Three good courses, three good beats, good close racing,” commented Cameron.

Dave Stubbs enjoyed sailing an Albacore with son Ed, finishing on equal points but losing the trophy to Jerry Rook, who had more firsts.

 Results

  1. Jerry and Pauline Rook – 1, 3, 1 – 5 pts
  2. Dave and Ed Stubbs – 2, 1, 2 – 5 pts
  3. Cameron and Darrol Moss – 3, 2, 3 – 8 pts
  4. Hugh Fitzgerald and Grenville Barr – 4, Rtd, DNS – 14 pts
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