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DB Week 2015 at Salcombe

John Lokier, DB Association chairman, has confirmed the following: –

Venue: Salcombe Yacht Club
Dates: Saturday 6th June 2015 to Thursday 11th June 2015
These dates represent a change from our usual practice of arranging DB weeks for either Spring Bank Holiday week or August school holidays  following a decision at the recent AGM to try, as an experiment, a week when costs of accommodation, etc are not at their peak. This decision was made knowing the difficulty it might make for families with school age children and teachers.

DB Week Rock 2014 – Full results

Championship Results

Day Boat Week Trophy List for Rock 2014

Long Distance Race Rock 2014

Opportunity Race Results – Sunday 25th May

Boat No.

Boat Name Helm




Pa Pa II Nicola Kiely


Ladies Race & Crew’s Race


Debutant Jacqui Seaton



Avocet Diana Parkinson



Yellow Peril Fiona Macfarlane



Tycho Natalie French



Merlin Chris Lockett



Ozone Friendly Alanah Honey



Young at Heart Charlie James



Doubloon Katharine Hodgson



Second Fling Sam Harris


Cadet Trophy


Roaring Betty Lee Eynon


Race started at 16:10 in light westerly breeze. Course was two laps of the circular course used for the first points race.

Diana Parkinson in Avocet led at both windward marks by several boat lengths and was still leading round the final turning mark for the line and went for the Committee Boat end of the line. She failed to spot how the line was lying and both Pa Pa II and Debutant went for the Limit end and finished ahead of Avocet.

DB Week 2014 Photo albums

This took place at Rock on the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall over Spring Bank Holiday with racing from 25th to 28th May.

We were fortunate to have Roger Harrison take over 1000 highly professional photos which he has allowed us to use. His only request was that if they are used online or printed for publication we should acknowledge his copyright by quoting his website: / email: And he has given me full size copies which I can supply to anyone requesting them from me.

Links to Roger Harrison’s albums:

Racing preparations

Race 1

Race 2 & 3

Race 4 & 5

And Katharine Hodgson’s images from the last two points series, races 4 & 5:

Race 4 & 5

DB Week 2014 Championship report

Report submitted to Yachts & Yachting

Yachting World Dayboat Nationals 2014

Young demonstrates mastery of tidal Camel Estuary at Rock

A fleet of 26 DB assembled at Rock on the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall for the first championship race in the afternoon of Sunday 25th May. For the record this was the sixth time Rock Water Ski & Sailing Club have hosted the YWDB championship and the sixth time Martin Hough has been race officer for the event. The venue offers racing in a tidal estuary with mainly very flat water and some quite shifty winds. The shape of the sand banks change every year so it’s hard to become a master of the area unless you sail there on a weekly basis.

The championship races took place over the late afternoons of four days of strong spring tides. The entrants included three past champions who had 17 previous championship titles between them so completion was likely to be intense.

The breeze for the first race on Sunday afternoon was light and variable and Nigel Young sailing with his son, Jack aged 12 soon demonstrated just how fast their smooth hulled wooden DB, Papa 2, can be sailed and achieved their first win. Talking to Nigel after the racing he told me that their boat was fast upwind but Peter Hewitt the 2013 National Champion was faster downwind using his fly away pole set up. It was to be the theme of the week until Nigel and his 12 year old Son Jack started to speed up downwind as well as the week progressed.

Peter Hewitt crewed by Chris Lockett in Merlin notched up what turned out to be the first of 4 consecutive second places and was giving the Young due a close race all the way around the track. It was like the two boats were attached by elastic, PaPa 2 pulled away upwind and Merlin reeled them back in on the down winds. Fortunately for the Young duo they always seemed to hold onto the lead by the slimmest margins before the final upwind.

Races 2 & 3 were sailed back to back on Monday afternoon with wind still light but having veered north westerly. Pa Pa 2 won both races with Merlin coming second in the first race of the pair. Murray and Theresa Glenister in Lyberty achieved their second third place in Race 2 but in Race 3 Tim and Diana Parkinson in Avocet took that position.

PaPa 2 seemed particularly comfortable in the light winds of the week so far and again talking with Nigel after racing I found out why. Jack of course is very light and only weighs 35kg which helps in the light winds. But also it turns out that the last two regatta’s Nigel sailed were in Lake Balaton in Hungary where the winds were super light and shifty. Nigel has the right mind set for light airs sailing and does not get frustrated when things go against him. That and clean air are vital for success in the light winds.

Race 4 started at 16:00 on Wednesday afternoon with the wind having strengthened to a generous force 4. With three firsts already Pa Pa 2 had to achieve third position or better to take home the magnificent championship cup. At the start PaPa 2 had their only bad start of the week and had to abandon starting on the pin and weave their way through the fleet on Port tack to the unfavoured side of the course. From onboard their boat the view of Merlin and Lyberty heading around the windward mark with the Pa Pa 2 100 yards back meant they needed something special to secure the championships with a race to spare.

As the tide was running at full strength when the leaders arrived at the bottom mark the whole fleet compressed heavily and this allowed the Young duo a chance to get back into the race. With Merlin and Lyberty fighting Pa Pa 2 could sail their own race and very quickly they were back in more familiar territory. A few tacks later towards the favoured side and Pa Pa 2 found themselves just crossing ahead of Merlin and hit him with a slam dunk tack. That was the turning point for race 4 and Pa Pa 2 did all they could to slow Merlin down on the upwind to give them a cushion down wind to be assured of the 2nd place and the Championships overall.

So when Lyberty achieved a fine first place with Pa Pa 2 snapping at his heels the championship was decided. Merlin was third to end his run of three second places.

Race 5 followed on and Pa Pa 2 again took the first place signal chased home by John Waters and Trevor Vaile in Men Behaving Sadly Again in second place and Lyberty with their 4th third place. The final day’s racing was the best wind of the week and it brought a smile to the faces of all the DB Sailors.

I must say a big thank you to the Rock Water Ski and Sailing Club for running a first class championship week with great credit going to Martin Hough and his race management Team for some excellent courses and great on the water work.

I look forward to seeing you all again in 2015.

1st Six Positions




Helm & Crew



Pa Pa 2


Nigel & Jack Young

Royal Cork Y C




Peter Hewitt & Chris Lockett

Poole Y C




Murray & Theresa Glenister

Poole Y C


Instant Sunshine


Richard Cake & Richard Weston

Poole Y C


Men Behaving Sadly Again


John Waters and Trevor Vaile

Poole Y C


Yellow Peril


David & Fiona Macfarlane

Bosham S C

Regatta Report by Tim Parkinson with much help from Nigel Young.

New opportunity for helms

At the Committee meeting held on 13th November at Bosham it was decided that the fine silver trophy donated to the Association by Sheila Anderson, 1st secretary of the Association, would be used for the following competition at DB weeks: –
Teams of two boats would be drawn at the start of Dayboat Week, consisting of a boat from the top half of the fleet (as ranked in a previous Dayboat Week points series or as assessed by the Committee ) and one from the bottom half. Although these boats would not race as a team, the faster boat would be allowed to mentor the slower boat. A trophy would be awarded to the team with best combined score in all the points series races and the helm and crew of the slower boat of the winning crew would take the trophy home.
No specific names were proposed but for now I am suggesting that the trophy should be known as the Anderson Trophy and the competition as the Opportunity Series. Other ideas welcome.
The Ladies race will continue in its existing format.

DB Week 2011 – interest building

Although DB Week 2011 is still over a year away interest is building in taking part in this event to be held for the first time on the magnificent sailing waters of Portland Harbour. And already we have two previous champions, Gerry Philbrick (1986 & 1992) and James Hewitt (2010) looking for boats in which to participate

Moorings at Salcombe

Peter Hewitt who is liaising with Salcombe YC on behalf of the YWDB Assoc reports as below: –

“The last call we had from John Morrell was a bit of a bombshell. In a nutshell, the estuary is classed as an SSI with sea horses and rare molluscs so the Harbour Master cannot provide our usual trot. Neither John Morrell nor we had any inkling of this problem when we started talking in August. Other options to keep the boats afloat have been looked at, without success, so the only choice left to us is to “dry sail” from Batson.”

Accomodation for Salcombe DB Week

Salcombe is a very popular holiday centre and accomodation gets very booked up so it is a good idea to book as far ahead as possible.

Here are some links to help kindly provided by Sue Clayton:

Salcombe Holiday Homes 2010 broacher is currently being printed if members would like to contact them to request a copy 01548 843485 e-mail  They will be taking bookings from 1st November.

Coast & Country Cottages 2010 brochure will be available shortly  there contact details are 01548 843773, e-mail  they are now taking bookings for next year (priority bookings were only offered to previous clients for two weeks) and although there most popular properties are booked there are still many available for 28/29 – 4/5th June.

Salcombe Tourist Office maintain an extensive directory of accomodation. Click here to go there

Sue and her daughter Emma also found two properties with cards in the window, 29 Church Street is a 3 bedroom house, contact 07980 959705, and Cob Cottage Buckley street, contact David 07771868554, 020833 27910. (If you take up either please leave a comment below)