Racing News - early September 2017
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Wednesday Evening Series
The 6th September saw the last of the Wednesday Evening races. In particular we were all delighted that Gerry Round-Smith was well enough to join in, racing his Aphrodite 101 ‘Avrio’ in this last race in the series. Premier Noss Marina sponsored the last seven races, and James Crockatt with his ‘Jump & Shout’ racing team were the series winners in IRC Class 1, Norman Doidge’s ‘Free Spirit’ in IRC Class 2, and John Ellwood’s ‘Hendrika’ in the combined Squib/Devon Yawl class.
Turnouts have been better than last year, with a total of 15 and 12 yachts respectively in Class 1 and Class 2, and seven Squibs with two Yawls in the combined Class 3. So this raps up our Wednesday evening racing for another year.
RDYC racing normally finishes after the Wednesday evening series with just a couple of races usually to and from Salcombe, and a charity race on another weekend. This year’s charity race will be for the benefit of the Royal Dart Youth Sailing Trust, which was set up in 2016. The aim of the trust is to help young people benefit from being able to sail, and especially those who may not otherwise have the opportunity.
Last year we noticed that Brixham YC, the Royal Torbay and Royal Western continued racing through until early December, so why not us?
Well as most of us know, we are at a disadvantage on the Dart as our club moorings face the south-east, which as history shows is prone to autumnal gales and consequential damage to moorings and the club pontoon. Consequently, we have to take all our moorings up and take the club pontoon upstream at the end of October. However, due to demand and the increased interest in club racing, the Racing Committee have arranged an eight race Autumn Series, which is held in Start Bay each Saturday afternoon.
It is early days to see just how popular this is going to be, but last Saturday the second race produced seven yachts, four in IRC Class 1, two from IRC Class 2 and a Squib sailed by David and Hilary MacDonald. David and Hilary have historically driven down from Leeds to race of a weekend. However, as they now purchased a weekend retreat in Dittsham, we hope that they will become more regular weekend racers in the years to come.
The photo above shows three IRC Class 1 yachts; they are not crossing the start line in last Saturday’s race but in rounding the Homestone buoy at the end of the first lap! You can’t get closer racing than that! Class 2 stalwarts were a few minutes behind with Peter Boote and Kit Nobel’s ‘Bristol 1’ revelling in the 15-18 knot wind, closely followed by Ian Knight’s Tofinou 7, ‘Calypso’. Those of us on the Committee Boat we very impressed with just how beautiful the 1935 designed Tofinou 7 looks and sails.
Next weekend the annual race to Salcombe, starting at 10.00 on Saturday and returning on Sunday for the second leg back to Dartmouth, thus completing the club’s coastal series. The racers will be joined by the club’s cruising contingent on Saturday evening, and we have arranged a joint supper party at the Salcombe Yacht Club. So if you haven’t already booked to join in, cruiser members should call Peter Forey and racing members should call Mike Mackie.
RDYC Rear Commodore Sailing