YW Dayboats at the 2023 Salcombe Town Regatta by Simon Bullingham

Salcombe Town Regatta 2023 © Simon Bullingham

Twelve YW Dayboats enjoyed a fantastic regatta as part of the Salcombe Town Regatta. Salcombe Yacht Club kindly gave the YWDB fleet its own start. The majority of the boats gave crewing opportunities throughout the week to 18 youth sailors (there was a spreadsheet!) who did really well in tricky wind and tide conditions.

The first race saw Peter Hewitt crewed by Mark Bullingham, resume his usual position at the front of the fleet closely followed by Nicholas and Jennifer Crang and Colin Blewett with Chrissy Campbell. The race was a good tussle with many place changes throughout the fleet. Georgina Bullingham with sister-in-law Rachael crewing, in her first race in a YWDB as helm, finished ahead of former national champion James Hewitt and more significantly her husband!

A tricky start to Race 2 with a gusty westerly breeze and a windward mark at Blackstone. Simon Bullingham had an amazing start, only to go back following a recall – which turned out to be for Dave Allen who was judged to be just over. There were again several changes in position throughout the race and the fleet. At the final mark at Crossways, Peter Hewitt and Andy Hewitt, Colin Blewett and Chrissy Campbell arrived shortly followed by Simon and Natalia Bullingham. On the final leg, James Hewitt with Beau Perry and Jon “Robbo” Gent with Hugh Straker managed to sneak ahead leaving the finishing positions Colin Blewett 1st, Pete Hewitt 2nd and Robbo 3rd and James Hewitt 4th.

Racing on Wednesday was cancelled due to strong winds. Many thanks to the race committee for making a very sensible early call on this. This ensured the crews could plan for a day off and after an excellent fleet dinner in SYC. This was particularly welcome to some!

In race 3 the in-form Mike Hewitt and Geneveive Bullingham managed to get clear away in very tricky conditions with a lot of ebb tide and a flukey North Westerly breeze. They finished first and were closely followed by Robbo and Freddie Gent 2nd and Matt and Cora Straker 3rd. Simon Bullingham and Zanna Gent finishing just behind in 4th.

The final race formed part of the slow handicap. Again, a strong Ebb tide and a flukey North Westerly breeze meant that getting away at the start was crucial. Andy and Max Hewitt finished just ahead of Mike and Henry Hewitt 2nd and Nick and Jennifer Crang 3rd.

With a cancelled race on the Wednesday meaning there were no discards Peter Hewitt was overall winner with 8 points. Jon “Robbo” Gent second on 11 points and Colin Blewitt third on 14 points. The fact that Mike Hewitt (fifth) and Matt Straker (sixth) were also both on 14 points demonstrates how close the racing was.

Whilst Salcombe town regatta is a very competitive event it has a lovely, fun, relaxed feel about it. The YWDB crew fully entered into the carnival atmosphere with the some great karaoke, some brutal greasy pole action and a memorable performance by Stan in the ice cream eating competition.

Many thanks to Ian “Scud” Stewart and his team for putting on a fantastic event in very tricky conditions and raising a good sum of money for charity in the process. Thanks also to all the staff at Salcombe YC for putting on a great fun regatta and in particular those who made the SYC dinner such a memorable event. Thanks also to the Salcombe Brewery Co. for sponsoring the SYC welcome evening.

Salcombe Town Regatta 2023 – photo © Simon Bullingham

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3Pts
1st669Peter HewittVarious1258
2nd619Jonathan Gent Various63211
3rd647Colin BlewettChrissy Campbell311014
4th678Mike HewittVarious58114
5th621Matt Straker Various47314
6th629Nicholas CrangJennifer /Rebecca Crang26715
7th676James Hewitt Various104620
8th677Simon BullinghamVariousDNF5422
9th572Dave Allen 7OCS828
10th648Georgina BullinghamJP/RA Bullingham991129
11th650Susan Clayton 8101230
12th663John LokierPhil Lokier11DNF933

Yachting World Dayboat Week 2023 at Rock Sailing and Waterski Club by David MacFarlane

Yachting World Dayboat Week 2023 at Rock © Fiona MacFarlane

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After a gap of four years, Rock Sailing and Waterski Club welcomed back a highly competitive 24 boat fleet of Yachting World Dayboats for their 2023 Dayboat Week over the week of the 24th June.

Rock is a hugely popular venue for the DB’s and their families. When not sailing there are a host of land-based activities including magnificent walks and some challenging golf courses, but the main focus of the week is of course the racing!

The club laid a set of tidal moorings for the DB fleet along the beach so launching on arrival was a simple matter of driving your boat up to your allocated buoy, attaching it to your mooring and letting the incoming tide float it off. There was the added advantage that at low tide competitors could walk across the beach and tweak their boats!

When the fleet were all moored up, the DB’s made a very attractive sight with their brightly coloured hulls.

On Saturday the day was spent scrutineering and launching, with an early evening welcome reception and race briefing by the PRO followed by a delicious club supper.

Due to the shifting sandbanks it was not possible to run races in the area between the Club and Padstow so instead all racing took place in the main Camel Estuary on the western side of Daymer Bay.

For the first day’s racing on Sunday the fleet encountered a gusty force 4-5 westerly and sailed a traditional triangle/sausage course. Michael Hewitt & Steve Creasy (DB678) won the pin end at the start, picked up an early favourable shift, and sailed a masterly race to lead from start to finish. Behind them there was a major tussle between Colin Blewett & Francis Fox (DB647) and Nigel & Isabelle Russell (DB614). At the beginning of the last triangle Colin & Francis were holding off the Russells only to brush the penultimate mark. The resulting penalty turn allowed Nigel & Isabelle to take 2nd place overall.

Yachting World Dayboat Week 2023 at Rock – photo © Fiona MacFarlane

Traditionally, the Opportunity race is run after the first race. This gives crews, ladies and cadets the chance to take the helm and race for three separate trophies. Sadly, the conditions were considered too strong to run the race this year.

On Monday there were two back-to-back points races around a trapezoid course.

The wind strength was only marginally less than Sunday.

In the first race Tim Wilcock & Nigel Trent (DB664) established a small lead. Behind them there was a battle between Nigel & Isabelle and Jack Young & Ellie Aneiros (DB657). Both these boats hunted down the leader and by the finish Nigel & Isabelle were overlapped with Tim and Nigel, but DB664 just held on to take the win.

In the second race of the day, newcomers to DB Week Richard & Laura Lewis (DB618), were the initial leaders only to be overtaken by Alan & Bob Davis (DB641). Alan & Bob managed to hold onto the lead for two laps until Jack & Ellie took advantage of a windshift to take the win.

After a poor start, Nigel & Isabelle staged a superb recovery to sail through most of the fleet and finish in 4th place.

Yachting World Dayboat Week 2023 at Rock – photo © Fiona MacFarlane

So, after three Points races the championship could not be closer with Nigel & Isabelle, Jack & Ellie and Michael & Steve all scoring 4 points.

Monday night is traditionally sea shanty night, and as in previous years, this was expertly led by Steve Davies of Gravesend SC and attended by many.

On Tuesday the fleet took a break from Points racing and focused on the one-off long-distance race. The PRO successfully negotiated with the harbour master to allow the fleet to race up the estuary towards Wadebridge. After a short beat into a force 4-5 SW, the 10 boat fleet enjoyed a fabulous 1.5 mile surfing reach/run up to a turning mark. Peter Hewett & Chris Lockett (DB669) won the start and led for most of the race only to be finally caught on the long second beat by Simon Veysey & Bruce Garrett (DB651) demonstrating their heavy weather skills.

Huge credit goes to Richard & Laura who managed to stay with the heavier crews to win the prize for first mixed crew.

For Wednesday’s Points race the wind was once again force 4-5 and the PRO elected to set a Windward/ Leeward course with a spreader and gate marks. Colin Blewett & Francis Fox (DB647), a previous DB Week champion at Rock, read the local tidal conditions perfectly by starting at the slightly unfavoured committee boat end of the line, quickly tacking onto port and then sailing all the way to the cliffs, where there was some favourable tide, before tacking onto starboard and laying the windward mark. However, as the race progressed Nigel & Isabelle overtook them and proceeded to lead for the next two laps only to have to take a penalty on the last leg dropping them back to 4th behind Colin & Francis, Alan & Bob and Tim & Nigel.

With one race to go it was all to play for with the 3 leading boats all on 8 points.

However, before battle commenced on the racecourse there was the important job of crowning the winners of the Quiz night. By tradition the winners of the previous year are required to set the questions for the following year. For some teams, this acts as a disincentive to go all out and win!

The final points race on Thursday was sailed in the most sublime conditions. The wind switched into the North bring some gentle rollers into the estuary, the sun shone and the wind moderated to force 3-4.

The PRO set a triangle /sausage course with the opening beat due north into the tide.

Richard & Laura sailed a great first beat to lead at the first mark. But the leading protagonists were all close behind and a titanic battle developed with the lead and therefore the overall winner changing hands constantly. Eventually Jack & Ellie worked their way to the front of the fleet and went on to win the race and with it the title of Champion Dayboat. Their win made the long journey over from Dublin well worthwhile, and would also have made Jack’s grandfather, the late Don Young who built their boat very proud indeed.

Jack Young & Ellie Aneiros win Yachting World Dayboat Week 2023 at Rock – photo © Fiona MacFarlane

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1657Papa IIJack YoungEllie AneirosRoyal Cork Yacht Club‑9315110
2641LuckyAlan DavisBob DavisWeston SC/Poole YC4‑822412
3614CasspianNigel RussellIsabelle RussellBosham Sailing Club2244‑612
4647AliceColin BlewettFrancis FoxPoole Yacht Club3461‑914
5678GroovieMichael HewittSteve CreasyRYA1‑1737718
6669MerlinPeter HewittChris LockettPoole Yacht Club557‑8219
7664TiGerTim WilcockNigel TrentBosham Sailing Club‑8183820
8618Vis VitaeRichard LewisLaura LewisBosham Sailing Club7‑1156321
9597Yellow PerilDavid MacfarlaneAlison GarrettBosham Sailing Club‑12710101037
10673IcarusMark StantonShirley StantonBosham Sailing Club669(DNC)DNC46
11654PapaJim ProwerJane RobertsBosham Sailing Club‑141012131146
12651AnnabelleSimon VeyseyBruce GarrettBosham Sailing Club119(RET)RET550
13675AuroraSteve WilsonAnnette WilsonPoole Yacht Club1314149(DNC)50
14674Liquid LuckBarry ColgateJan ColgatBosham Sailing Club‑161313141454
15565AvocetTim ParkinsonDiana ParkinsonThornbury Sailing Club‑171615111355
16650HullabalooSue ClaytonHoward ClaytonPoole Yacht Club18121115(DNC)56
17572AttilaDave AllenJohn EverettThornbury Sailing Club‑221818121260
18660WidgeonPenny DaviesSteve DaviesGravesend Sailing Club15191918(DNC)71
19533Proud MaryPaul BowdenJulie BowdenThornbury Sailing Club19‑2320161772
20542KiwiStuart BealeLouise BrownThornbury Sailing Club2120‑22171674
21655EmmaChris SmithKaren SmithGravesend Sailing Club20‑2221191575
22475FloPaul DewingKatie PrenticeBosham Sailing Club(DNC)1516DNCDNC81
23653MojoAlastair SeatonJacqui SeatonBosham Sailing Club10(DNC)DNCDNCDNC85
24640DaisyMark RossSue RossBosham Sailing Club(DNC)2117DNCDNC88

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Yachting World Dayboat Open at Avon Sailing Club by Simon Bullingham

Avon Sailing Club Yachting World Dayboat Open © Simon Bullingham

The second Avon SC Yachting World Dayboat open meeting took place on Saturday 3rd June. News of the now legendary hospitality offered at the Avon SC and its family friendly environment led to a record number of 11 entries and considerably more support crew, from across the country.

The sailing area at ASC is over 4 miles long but the river Severn between Tewkesbury and Gloucseter is considerably narrower in places. This led the race committee, headed up by club Commodore Peter Keighley, to decide that flights would be required to ensure all the boats could start in safety.

The 14ft dayboat is a craft which has an illustrious history, the first plans being advertised in 1949. The class rules allow some hull flexibility, and there were two wooden clinker and both smooth and clinker GRP boats in attendance. At the event, were the 3 newest boats and 3 boats from the early 1970’s. This versatile craft has been raced competitively for decades. It has also been used for creek bashing and costal cruising, including a remarkable 200 mile trip from Thornbury to Newlyn, round Lands End, in a gale.

The whole event had a magic family feel, with many of the crews and their families camping at the club. Like the boats, the age range of the crews also varied considerably with most of them crewed by youth sailors, including 7 year old Martha Wylie. At the other end of the range, two of the helms are rumoured to be around the Octogenarian mark but (if they are) you definitely would not know it based on the results. This is particularly true, given that one of the helms (possibly closer to being a Nonagenarian) put a cover over his boom and slept in his 14 ft wooden clinker boat, showing the younger sailors a bit of resilience in action! Peter Hewitt impressively managed to sail with 3 of his grandchildren Henry, Max and Stan in the 3 flight races. Matt Straker having refurbished Daydreamer over the winter was supported in the flight stages by his (wonderfully feral) nephew Laurie.

The conditions were perfect, a decent breeze around 7-12 knots from the NE for most of the weekend. It really was champagne sailing.

The flights stage was perfectly managed by the race committee and although some of the helms managed to get confused by the (not terribly complicated) intermediate marks, the racing was under way without a hitch.

Avon Sailing Club Yachting World Dayboat Open © Simon Bullingham
Avon Sailing Club Yachting World Dayboat Open © Simon Bullingham

Flights Stage Results:

Sail NoBoat NameNamesClubRound 1Round 2Round 3Pts
678GroovieMike HewittRYA7112
676MalloryJames HewittBosham3123
669MerlinPete HewittPoole1423
647AliceColin BlewettPoole2413
677GenevieveSimon BullinghamASC1364
619Moody BlueRobboASC2234
621DaydreamerMatt StrakerHamble3255
648ShamalRichard MillerASC5347
565AvocetTim ParkinsonThornbury7538
574AttilaDave AllenThornbury4559
553Proud MaryPaul BowdenThornbury66410

The top six boats went through to the Cup Final including fleet newcomer Jon “Robbo” Gent crewed by John Bullingham, with the remaining 5 going through to the Bowl Final competition.

The cup final was a closely fought competition with James Hewitt crewed by Cora managing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, from younger sibling Mike, crewed by Steve Creasey. This resulted in Mike winning the event for the second time. Colin and Christine Blewett managed to hold off Pete Hewitt to take third place and prevent a Hewitt 1-2-3.

Cup Final Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameClubNamesRound 1Round 2Round 3Total pointsCup FinalFinal Points
1678GroovieRYAMike Hewitt711213
2676MalloryFrenshamJames Hewitt312325
3647AlicePooleColin Blewett241336
4669MerlinPoolePete Hewitt142347
5677GenevieveASCSimon Bullingham136459
6619Moody BlueASCRobbo2234610

The Bowl final was also keenly contested but local favourites Dickie Miller and Tracy Lashford used their knowledge of the river (and having finally rigged the boat properly) managed to get a flying start which they held to the end. Matt Straker and Freddie Gent finished second and Tim Parkinson crewed by Zanna Gent third.

Bowl Final Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameNamesClubRound 1Round 2Round 3Total pointsBowl FinalFinal Points
1621DaydreamerMatt StrakerHamble325527
2648ShamalRichard MillerASC534718
3565AvocetTim ParkinsonThornbury7538311
4574AttilaDave AllenThornbury4559413
5553Proud MaryPaul BowdenThornbury66410515

The Sunday race was a more relaxed affair being a 2 mile beat, up to the Lower Lode pub. Normal order was resumed with Peter Hewitt crewed by Louise Brown showing everyone the way, followed by Mike Hewitt crewed by Henry and Stan. Tim and Diana Parkinson finished 3rd. Simon Bullingham with Hugh Straker and William Hewitt narrowly beat Matt and Cora Straker to the line. The return journey was a gentle cruise all the way back to the ASC with the tide and wind behind the fleet. A great way to finish an amazing weekend.

Thanks must go to the race committee for a really slick job, the safety boat crews, the catering committee (and BBQ crew) and, of course, the bar team for keeping a group of over 40 campers sustained over the weekend.

Thanks to all the competitors for supporting the event and best of luck to all the YWDB crews at their national championships in Rock.

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Yachting World Dayboat open meeting at Bosham Sailing Club by David McFarlane

Yachting World Dayboat open meeting at Bosham © Paul Adams / Harbour Images

Bosham SC hosted their annual Yachting World Dayboat open meeting and, as in previous years, the event was integrated into the club’s premier dinghy event the three day Masters. A strong fleet of home club boats was joined by six visitors from Gravesend SC, Thornbury SC and Hamble River SC.

Conditions over the two days were ideal for the YWDBs with a challenging force 4-5 wind an unbroken sunshine. All races were run from a committee boat in the main part of Chichester Harbour. The final leg each day took the fleet up the very picturesque Bosham Creek to finish at the club’s Quay line.

Race 1 – Following a close first beat the fleet split on downwind leg with Mark & Shirley Stanton DB673, Tim & Diana Parkinson DB565 and Mark & Sue Ross DB640 gaining a strong lead on the rest of the fleet. Mark & Shirley continued to lead to finish first with Nigel & Isabel Russell DB614 working their way through to second and Tim & Diana third.

Race 2 – Tim & Gerry Wilcock DB664 led from the start but were eventually caught by Mark & Shirley who went on to record their second bullet of the day. Nigel & Isabel staged a phenomenal recovery after being OCS, to pip Tim & Gerry for second.

Sadly Tim & Gerry were forced to subsequently retire after they realised that they had passed the wrong side of “Peacock”. This allowed Matt Straker & Mike Hewitt DB621 to take third place

Race 3 – Sunday brought another breezy and sunny day. The first six boats converged at the windward mark in very close order, but Nigel & Isabel slipped out of the pack to lead downwind followed by Mark & Shirley. Both boats held their positions to the finish.

There was a very close tussle for third place which included Richard & Laura Lewis DB618, Tim & Gerry, Nick & Jennifer Crang DB629 and Matt & Michael. On the line Tim & Gerry just managed to secure third.

Race 4 – So after three races the outcome of the event could not have been closer with Mark & Shirley counting two 1st places and a 2nd and Nigel & Isabel scoring two second places and a first.

However, Nigel & Isabel started the final race well, led at the windward mark and never looked back. There was an almighty tussle for the remaining podium places which were only decided on the line when Richard & Laura finished just ahead of Mark & Shirley.

Winning the last race secured the overall title for Nigel & Isabel, a repeat performance of their win in 2022.

Particular mention should be made of Nick Crang crewed by his two daughters Jennifer (Sun) and Rebecca (Sat). The Bosham Open was the first time Nick had stepped into his DB and despite being the lightest crew in the fleet they finished a highly creditable fifth overall and took home the prize for the leading visitor.

Ashore, the Bosham volunteers laid on a magnificent tea each day with supper and live jazz on the Saturday evening.

Thanks go to the entire organizing team for an excellent weekend on and off the water.

Nigel and Isabel Russell win the Yachting World Dayboat open meeting at Bosham – photo © Paul Adams / Harbour Images

Overall Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stCasspiain614Nigel RussellIsabel RussellBosham SC22114
2ndIcarus673Mark StantonShirley StantonBosham SC11234
3rdTiGer664Timothy WilcockGerry WilcockBosham SC5RET3412
4thVis Vitae618Richard LewisLaura LewisBosham SC675213
5thKerfuffleDB629Nick CrangRebecca & Jennifer CrangRYA744513
6thAvocet565Tim ParkinsonDiana ParkinsonThornbury SC358816
7thDayDreamer621Matt StrakerMike Hewitt Rebecca CrangHamble River SC836716
8thPapa654Jim ProwerTom ProwerBosham SC987621
9thDaisy640Mark RossKate RossBosham SC46DNCDNC25
10thAttilaDB 572David AllenJohn EverettThornbury SC109DNCDNC34
11thOzone FriendlyDB 535John MullanJohn Mullan SrGravesend SC1110RETDNS36
12thWhite Lady510Peter GriffithsJames DaviesGravesend SC12DNFDNCDNC42
13thMojo653Alastair SeatonJacqui SeatonBosham SCDNCDNCDNCDNC45
13thFloDB475Paul DewingKatie PrenticeBosham SCDNCDNCDNCDNC45

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Yachting World Dayboat National Championship at Brixham Yacht Club by David McFarlane

Yachting World Dayboat National Championships at Brixham © Fiona Macfarlane

A strong fleet of 22 boats gathered at Brixham Yacht club over the week of the 23rd July, to compete in the YWDB Class National Championships. All the major clubs with fleets of DBs were well represented.

In addition, we were also joined by two entrants who travelled hundreds of miles to be in Brixham. Tommy Bennett from Scotland brought his fastidiously restored 1956 clinker built boat, and 20 year old Jack Young from Royal Cork Yacht club joined us with his immaculate cold moulded version built by his grandfather Don Young.

This year we also had six young sailors aged between 7-14 years old, crewing their fathers on alternate days.

Brixham Yacht Club is an ideal venue for DB Week as they are able to accommodate the boats either on shore or afloat on their pontoon.

The programme consisted of 5 points races and a stand-alone Long Distance Race on the Tuesday. In addition, there was an ‘Opportunity race’ which gave the chance for ladies, crews and cadets to take the helm and compete for three separate trophies. Another tradition of DB week is to run different style courses each day which keeps the Race Officer and mark layers on their toes.

After registration and welcome drinks on Saturday evening, and an excellent fish and chip supper provided by the host club, we were ready for the hot competition of the week ahead:

Day 1 – The course for Race 1 on Sunday was a 4 lap triangle/ sausage with an 18-25 knot westerly wind forecast. 16 boats made it to the start line. The first clean start of the week soon saw some of the heavy weather crews powering to the front of the fleet and thoroughly enjoying the surfing conditions on the offwind legs.

The race proved to be a battle amongst three generations of the Hewitt family. Father Peter, crewed by Chis Lockett (DB 669 Poole YC), his son Michael Hewitt with Steve Creasy crewing (DB678 RYA) and James Hewitt (DB676 Bosham SC) crewed on the day by his 9 year old son Henry.

The race for the lead was very tight until Michael found a significant port hand lift off the cliffs to establish a winning lead which he held to the finish. He was followed by Peter & Chris and then James & Henry in third place.

Day 2 – The forecast for Tuesday’s scheduled back to back points races was only slightly less than on Sunday. The course selection for the day was a trapezoid.

The first race witnessed a fantastic piece of seamanship when the gooseneck on Jack Young’s boat (DB657 Royal Cork YC) sheared off mid race. Jack and his crew Ellie Aneiros managed to lash the boom back to the mast, but the problem they then had was that on each tack the boom had to be manhandled to the other side of the mast! To their huge credit they not only overcame this significant handicap but also sailed brilliantly to take first place ahead of Peter & Chris with James & his 7 year old son William finishing in third place.

The Hewitt dynasty reigned supreme in the second race of the day with Peter & Chris taking a hard earned 1st place with sons Michael in 2nd place, and James picking up a consecutive third place finish. It was a slightly diminished and pretty exhausted fleet that made their way back to the club.

So, after the completion of three points races the Hewitt’s had a very strong hold on the leading overall positions. After a discard, Peter was leading on 3 points but equal on points with Michael, and James third on 5 points.

Monday evening is quiz night and the tradition is that whoever won the previous year has to take over the role of quizmaster the following year. So, Bob and Kath Davis (the class treasurer and membership secretary) stepped up and ran a hugely enjoyable and successful evening.

Day 3 – The wind on Tuesday was markedly different from the previous days, with barely a ripple across the whole of Torbay. The scheduled race of the day was the Long Distance Race.

The original plan was an extended race around buoys in the bay, finishing outside the Marina in Torquay, followed by a sandwich lunch at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club before a leisurely and very informal reverse pursuit race back to Brixham. Unfortunately, by the time a slightly feeble 3-4 knot breeze filled in, there simply wasn’t enough time to get over to Torquay and back, so a large triangular course was set on the Brixham side of the Bay.

The right-hand side of the initial beat proved to be the way to go and three boats took that option breaking clear of the rest of the fleet. Peter & Chris showed their all-weather ability and led at the windward mark followed closely by relative newcomers to DB sailing Nigel & Isabelle Russell (DB614 Bosham SC) and David & Fiona Macfarlane (DB597 Bosham SC) in third place.

There was no change of positions down the long broad reach to a buoy off Paignton pier and the three boats maintained the same positions at the finish off Brixham Harbour.

Day 4 – The light conditions continued into Wednesday when the fourth points race was due to be run, followed immediately by the Opportunity race. The PRO Peter Lytton very wisely kept the fleet ashore for an hour by which time a steady 6 knot breeze had developed. The course for the day was a windward/leeward with a spreader and gate.

A late shift during the starting procedure created a hint of port bias and the boats that were able to tack onto port immediately after the start had a significant advantage. At the windward mark last year’s Day Boat champions Alastair & Jacqui Seaton (DB653 Bosham SC) very narrowly led from David & Fiona.

This order was maintained for the next lap. However, on lap 3, Mark & Shirley Stanton (DB673 Bosham SC) took full advantage of a favourable offshore shift and took over the lead which they extended and held to the finish. All three of the overnight series leaders scored results that would later count as their discards.

After a brief delay to swap crews a very encouraging 14 boat fleet came to the line for the Opportunity race, sailing a shortened version of the morning course. The start was highly competitive which resulted in the only occasion in the week when a general recall flag was flown!

The three individual winners of the race were Ellie Aneiros (1st Lady), Chris Lockett (1st crew) and Genevieve Bullingham (1st cadet) Following the annual class AGM, the entertainment on Wednesday night of DB Week is traditionally devoted to shanty singing. And the team from Gravesend SC, very ably led by Steve Davies, provided a wonderful evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Day 5 – Another light wind day was forecast for the final points race on Thursday. All three Hewitt boats, Pete, Michael and James were still in with a chance of taking the overall prize.

The course for the day was a reverse “P” which had the mark layers scratching their heads!

Alastair & Jacqui Seaton took the inshore route to the first mark and emerged with a narrow lead from Nigel & Isabelle Russell. Crucially, Pete Hewitt & Chris Lockett worked their way up through the fleet and rounded third with their other adversaries for the overall title in mid fleet. These positions were held to the finish which earned Pete & Chris the Champion Dayboat title.

Alastair & Jacqui’s last race win moved them up into the runners up position and Jack & Ellie’s 4th place in the final race earned them 3rd place overall. (Full results below)

Yachting World Dayboat National Championships at Brixham © Fiona Macfarlane

On Thursday evening, Brixham YC laid on an excellent prize-giving dinner, which was briefly interrupted by a sighting of a school of dolphins just off the club’s pontoon!

The YWDB class, originally designed in 1949, has over the years amassed a huge array of magnificent trophies and these were awarded by Fiona Macfarlane to many deserving winners.

Our thanks go to Richard Spreckley, Commodore of Brixham YC for hosting the week and to Adrian Morrall, the event director who was hugely involved organising all the logistics leading up to the week and was a key member of the mark laying team. A special thanks goes to Peter Lytton the PRO and his committee boat team who delivered outstanding race management throughout the week.

We are already looking forward to next year’s DB Week at Rock SC which is scheduled to take place from 24th-30th June 2023.

Overall Results:

1st DB669 Peter Hewitt & Chris Lockett (Poole YC) 9pts
2nd DB653 Alastair & Jacqui Seaton (Bosham SC) 13pts
3rd DB657 Jack Young & Ellie Aneiros (Royal Cork YC) 14pts
4th DB673 Mark & Shirley Stanton (Bosham SC) 16pts
5th DB676 James & Henry/William Hewitt (Bosham SC) 16pts
6th DB678 Michael Hewitt & Steve Creasy (RYA) 18pts

The full results are available here: Brixham YW Dayboat Week 2022 Results

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BSC Yachting World Dayboat Open by David MacFarlane

The fleet racing during the Bosham SC Yachting World Dayboat Open – photo © Dawn Tomlinson

This year’s Bosham SC Yachting World Dayboat Open Meeting was held in spectacular conditions over the weekend of the 21st & 22nd May.

The original design of the class dates back to 1949. And whilst not originally intended to be raced, with its weighted centreboard and moderate sail area, the boat particularly appeals to mixed crews and has proved ideally suited for estuary, open water and inland harbour sailing. The Bosham fleet was established over 20 years ago and has grown steadily, and is now one of the largest fleets in the country.

For this year’s Open event the weather gods delivered fantastic conditions with 12-16 kts of wind and unbroken sunshine.

Four visiting boats from as far afield as Gravesend SC and Avon SC joined a large contingent of the home fleet.

The four race series was run from a committee boat in the main area of Chichester Harbour, and over the two days, the fleet got the opportunity to explore many parts of this outstanding sailing area.

One Bosham crew dominated the 16 strong fleet. Nigel & Isabel Russell stepped into their newly acquired boat and proceeded to win all four races in a convincing fashion, maintaining consistent boat speed and demonstrating clever tactical awareness to navigate the many natural hazards in the Harbour.

They were followed in 2nd place, by another crew new to Dayboats. Richard and Laura Lewis had borrowed a boat from an absent Bosham owner and very quickly got to grips with the nuances of the Dayboat and put together a very consistent series.

The second race each day finished at the Quay which involved a glorious reach right up the beautiful Bosham channel to the club’s Raptackle finishing line.

Once ashore the fleet were served the most magnificent tea, a highlight of which was undoubtedly the homemade scones and cream! On Saturday evening the club laid on supper and live music on the sunny Terrace.

Overall Results:

1st DB614 Nigel & Isabell Russell (Bosham SC) 3pts
2nd DB618 Richard & Laura Lewis (Bosham SC) 8pts
3rd DB651 Simon Veysey & Judy Roberts (Bosham SC) 9pts
4th DB475 Paul Dewing & Katie Prentice(Bosham SC) 17pts
5th DB654 Tom Prower & Nick Stride (Bosham SC) 18pts
6th DB664 Tim & Gerry Wilcock (Bosham SC) 21pts

The full results are available here: Bosham SC YW Dayboat Open 2022 Results

To see the full article as published in YachtsandYachting please see here


Despite the limitations imposed by the Covid guidelines which meant our gatherings were limited to a quiz, AGM and Prize Giving in a marquee we had a week of good weather, moderate winds and great racing on courses devised by our hosts, Falmouth Y C. for the sixteen competitors.

We ended the week with new champions in the shape of Alistair and Jacqui Seaton from Bosham, who led Peter Hewit and Chris Locket from Poole by one point overall. And in third place overall just one more point behind was another Bosham boat raced by Mark and Shirley Stanton.

The full results can be viewed here: https://ywdb.co.uk/data/results_list.php