Sailing club racing well supported

Coming off the start line, Mike Pridham (far right, Laser) points high and takes clear air to windward, with Jack Young (second right, Phantom) well up on rival Phantom Dave Guthrie (far left). Cameron Moss (RS800, third from right) is already pulling clear and retained the lead throughout the race. Centre, RS800 Hugh Brayshaw and Mary Rook (photo by Pauline Rook)

A TOTAL of 16 dinghies and two cruisers from Lyme Regis Sailing Club took to the water for two races on Sunday, all keen to get back to their sport after recent restrictions.

In line with guidelines, the family-crewed double handlers joined the single handlers, who are now in the majority.

Race officer was Jerry Rook, who had to lay a course to replace the marks which had drifted in the previous gale but survived without their pink covers.

Referring to the competitors, Jerry said: “They experienced an exhilarating ride under grey skies and a good Force 4 wind. The wind together with the lumpy sea state produced exciting sailing and a few capsizes – none of which required assistance.

“Not all completed the second race in the demanding conditions but the only boat which had to be towed in was one of the club’s patrol boats which developed engine trouble.”

Due to the nature of the course, results were calculated on handicap with proportional timings for individual legs.

Winners of both races, leading by a good margin, were Cameron Moss with Jake Stow  They showed great skill in handling their fast boat in the conditions.

Third overall were Hugh Brayshaw and Mary Rook, also in an RS800 (4, 2),  while the ever-reliable Mike Pridham in his Laser had (2, 3) and Simon Heusen in a Phantom, (3, 5).

Improving their position from 12th to 4th, were Tony Fastnedge and Dave Whitcombe in their 5o5.

Jerry added: “Youth member Jamie Slater did well to try his first race as helmsman – he got the experience of the course and  we hope to see him out with us again.”

Two cruisers took part, once again Rob and Margaret Wiscombe sailed good races to retain the lead, runners up were the Reverend Jeremy White and Helen Bruno.

The interim racing programme takes place only over high tides to make launching and recovery easier and allow the cruisers to take part. The next races will be on Saturday, August 29.


Race 1
1. Cameron Moss and Jake Stow, RS800
2. Mike Pridham, Laser
3. Simon Heusen, Phantom

Race 2
1. Cameron Moss and Jake Stow, RS800
2. Hugh Brayshaw and Mark Rook, RS800
3. Mike Pridham, Laser

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