Salcombe Yacht Club Sailing Club Series 2018 Race 4 2018
Published 11:42 on 16 May 2018
With a light easterly breeze blowing off the Portlemouth shore, Race Officer Julian Meek was pulling his hair out in consideration of the best course to set, given that there was little water in any of the creeks, which might have offered any semblance of a beat.
The Cadets were first away, with Ben Meek acting as pathfinder in his Terra Pro to a fleet of five Toppers, with Dom Holt-Wilson leading the Toppers home.
Next away was the Medium Handicap fleet, Peter Cook and Janet Exelby found their Firefly to be suited well to the conditions, and led the Laser Radial of Esther McLarty home by some fifteen minutes.
With some of the burgeoning fleet of Phantoms away at the POSH regatta, Chris Cleaves led a fleet of Phantoms, National 12s and Merlin Rockets home, with some retiring as the clock clicked through two hours.
Eleven Solos reached away from the starting line, with two miles to consider the first tack at the Saltstone mark, to set themselves up for the fetch back for Crossways; Simon Dobson led the fleet, with some place changing over the infamous Dendridge Ledge, which allowed Robin Hodges and David Greening to recover to second and third. Simon Yates leapfrogged the pair by crossing to Ox, picking up more pressure, which did not work out so well for Hodges on the following lap.
Upon their return to the harbour, the Race Officer, firm believer in the two hour race, chose not to let the fleet out of their misery early and sent the Solos on for a final circuit of Millbay and Crossways. Dobson with a considerable lead chose a conservative route by over standing to take into account the tidal gate that the Mill Bay mark sat in, however a more opportunistic Yates found some personal breeze to round in the first, which he maintained to the finish.
In the Salcombe Yawl fleet, Andrew and Liz Savell built up a sufficient lead in their Red Fleet Yawl, to be untroubled by the Blue Fleet boats of Stephen Galvin, Barney Greenhill and Andrew Wood; Wood led this bunch for much of the race, however Galvin grabbed the lead at the Millbay mark to secure leading Blue Fleet Yawl.
1st RS Tera Pro 2852 Ben Meek
2nd Topper 172 Dom Holt-Wilson
1st Firefly 3127 Peter Cook and Janet Exelby
2nd Laser Radial 181676 Esther McLarty
3rd Aero 7 1416 Claire Booth
1st Phantom 1306 Chris Cleaves
2nd National 12 3534 Charlie and Helen Lloyd
3rd Merlin Rocket 3621 Andrew and Tristram Squire
1st Solo 5601 Simon Yates
2nd Solo 5676 Simon Dobson
3rd Solo 5793 David Greening
1st Yawl 187 Andrew and Liz Savell
2nd Yawl 99 Stephen Galvin and James Smith
3rd Yawl 138 Barney and Juanita Greenhill
By David Greening
Last updated 12:48 on 5 August 2018