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Mid- Season Racing Report

11th August 2019

Racing Report - Mid-June 2019

Late Drop Against the Tide

Wednesday Racing - Michael Sutton Series

Class 1: 9 boats competed. Jiggy dominated the series with Bandit winning one race.
Class 2: 11 boats competed. A three-way fight between Stren, Madeleine and Kingswear Coffee with Stren finishing on top.
Class 3: 8 boats competed with a close finish between Mimosa and Hendrika; won by Mimosa.

Weekend Racing

The Paradigm Norton Gallon of Rum was the first race in the Skerries series of long day races. The turnout was boosted by visitors from Torbay giving fourteen boats on the start line. The full Skerries – Orestone course was sailed, starting with testing downwind legs, followed by a long beat to the Orestone and a final shy spinnaker reach to the finish at Brixham. RDYC triumphed with Jiggy the winner.

Spinnaker Action in the Gallon of Rum

The Yealm Weekend

The visit to the Yealm had to be cancelled owing to a gale conditions on the Saturday. On Sunday, seven boats raced from Dartmouth to Torbay in conditions that started in a very light air, but finished in a sparkling beat across Torbay. Again, half the fleet came from Torbay and again, RDYC triumphed with Axeman winning.

The Premier Noss on Dart Marina Spring Cup

Saturday racing was cancelled owing to gale conditions. However, three races were completed on Sunday in difficult light and variable winds.
17 J24’s from Plymouth, Fowey, Poole and Dartmouth contested a World Qualifier event. The winner was Madeleine from Poole.
3 Squibs, all from RDYC battled the conditions with Mimosa winning.

Sigmas in Action

Sigma 33 Championship

17 visiting Sigma 33s experienced three days of fine sailing.
4 windward – leeward races were sailed on Friday with winds in the 15 – 20kn range leading to some interesting antics on the spinnaker legs.
On Saturday, 2 windward – leeward races were followed by a double-length Bay Race, Winds were lighter, but still in the 10 – 15kn range. Interestingly a different set of boats filled the first three places in the Bay Race compared to the windward-leewards.
On Sunday, 2 windward – leeward races were sailed with winds in the 15 – 25kn range. A testing last day to decide the championship which was won by Leaky Roof 2.

IRC Southern Championships

Congratulations to J’Ouvert for victory in her class at the IRC Southern Championship at Weymouth. Also to Bandit for finishing second in her class.

Other Events

Class 1 Coaching Day
5 boats spent a day benefiting from the advice of professional coach Nigel King.

The Kingswear Coffee Co Dinghy Series
Racing in the club Quests is open to all members and yacht crew on Friday evenings in June. 3 boats raced on the first Friday, 5 on the second. Two more Fridays to go – book your place!

Coming Next
Coastal racing to Salcombe, 2 more Skerries series races, Classic Channel Regatta and lots more!

My thanks to everyone who has carried out their RO duty and also to members who have helped to make the two regattas a success.

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