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Home / News / SYC. Early May Bank Holiday 2019.
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SYC. Early May Bank Holiday 2019.

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Published 10:15 on 7 May 2019

SYC. Early May Bank Holiday 2019. 

Salcombe Yacht Club had yet another hectic Bank Holiday period with the estuary enlivened by the Barton Solicitors sponsored Open Meetings for Salcombe Yawls and National Twelves together with the usual Saturday club racing. The blue sky and moderate breeze also brought out many visiting yachts, paddle boards and canoes resulting in an unexpectedly chilly but busy estuary with plenty of challenges for the race officers having to cope with most races taking place at low water.

Salcombe Yawls.

A good fleet of 14 modern Red Fleet yawls assembled including two generations of Hendersons,  newcomers Nick and Anne Jackson and Paul and Julie Rayson.  In races 1 and 2 Rob Henderson (junior) and Tristan Stone held off the Hendersons (senior) and also Martin Beck and Paul Ellis to score two first places. However youth burnt brightly and faded and Will and Mandy Henderson then scored a first and second place in races 3 and 4 giving them the series with Martin Beck and Paul Ellis second.  Rob Henderson and Tristan Stone pipped Dan and Gail Bridger, the winners of race 4 into third place overall by virtue of their superior number of first places.

In the Blue fleet for the older boats, Simon Dobson crewed and advised by Nicky Dobson cruised to 3 first places to win overall. In the final race Stephen Galvin and Mark Waterhouse led for most of the race only for them to lose focus and sacrifice first place in the race and second place overall to John  Smithers and Peter Hughes.

Red fleet

1st        183       Will and Mandy Henderson

2nd     181     Paul Ellis and |Martin Beck

3rd        160     Rob Henderson and Tristan Stone

Blue Fleet

1st   112      Simon and Nicki Dobson

2nd    19      John Smithers and Peter Hughes

3rd     99      Stephen Galvin and Mark Waterhouse

Sailing Club Series Day 3.

The Saturday club racing was sailed in excellent conditions with Race Officer Ian Stewart setting a monster two hour course that tested every ones fitness and concentration. The fourteen boat Solo fleet was the most numerous and David Greening powered away from the start to take control of the whole race from a strong chasing pack. Both laser (ILCA) aces, Michael Hicks and Tim Law were relearning to sail their Solos and it took Tim Law the full race to just overhaul Ed Stephens on the last beat and gain second place; whilst Michael Hicks suffered the indignity of a passing seagull precision dropping of its droppings onto his beautiful new laminated sail. The Fast handicap fleet was strengthened by the visiting crew of Fran Gifford and Sophie Mackley sailing the Cranford Smith superfast grey Merlin and they were able to see off the Phantom dinghy challenge of Chris Cleaves who was second. The Juniors and Medium handicap both enjoyed good racing with Henry Evans in a Topper leading the juniors home and Andrew and Lewis Groves in a Feva the handicap fleet.


1st    5793       David Greening

2nd   5743       Tim Law

3rd   5769       Ed Stephens


1st     Topper   48169     Henry Evans

2nd   RS Quba        1     Louis Tollins

3rd     Topper    48167     Dom Holt Wilson   

Medium Handicap

1st    RS Feva      4640      Andrew and Lewis Groves

2st    Aero 7         1746      Simon Ballentine

3rd    RS Feva      4165      Rob and Edwin Langley

Fast Handicap

1st     Merlin Rocket      3769            Fran Gifford and Sophie Gifford.

2nd    Phantom              1306             Chris Cleaves

3rd     Laser               201562             Bru Pearce



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