For the first time in 39 years since the 1977 event 26 DB were welcomed warmly by Brixham YC. The entry of 26 was made up of 9 DB from Bosham SC, 8 from Poole YC, 3 from Thornbury SC, 2 from Royal Cork YC, 2 from Island Cruising Club, 1 from Weston Bay SC and one unaffiliated.
The Race Officer set courses well away from the land out in the middle of Torbay and for the first three days racing we enjoyed mainly moderate W or NW breezes which enabled good racing in relatively flat water.
The first two points series races were won by Nigel and Jack Young in Pa Pa II with Pete Hewitt and Chris Locket in Merlin in second place. The third race sailed back to back with the second on Tuesday was won by Colin Blewett and Chrissy Campbell in Alice with Merlin achieving another second.
The fourth points race started in the usual NW breeze but almost as soon as the fleet crossed the line the breeze began to fail. 30 mins later no one had managed to round the windward mark and at least one boat was considering joining in the 29 ER fleet over near Torquay! Then as per the Sailing Instructions the Race Officer cancelled the race and we waited for some breeze. After nearly an hour there was some breeze from the East sufficient to make another start. Then after the first leg the wind began to fail again and the Race Officer hoisted the Shorten Course flag. Those who had read the Sailing Instructions closely knew that all they had to do then was to cross the finish line which was near the Leeward mark. Those who had not read the S I did the sausage leg before finishing. Thus Alice scored another 1st position and David and Fiona MacFarlane in Yellow Peril were second.
So after 4 races and discards being applied Nigel Young in Pa Pa II needed do better Peter Hewitt in Merlin in the 5th Points race to take the Championship Cup home. Conditions were ideal for this race with a steady NW 4-5 breeze with sun. After the standard three laps of triangle, sausage & triangle Pa Pa II led the fleet home with Michael Hewitt and Steve Creasey in Snazzie in second place.
Thus the first six boats in the championship were
- Nigel and Jack Young in Pa Pa II from Royal Cork YC
- Colin Blewett and Chrissy Campbell in Alice from Poole YC
- Alan and Mike Davis in Lucky from Weston Bay SC
- Michael Hewitt and Steve Creasey from Island Cruising Club
- David and Fiona MacFarlane in Yellow Peril from Bosham SC
- Peter Hewitt and Chris Lockett from Poole YC
The full points series results can be viewed by clicking here.
The Opportunity Race which was sailed after the first point race included all the entrants for Cadet Trophy, Ladies Race and Crews Race was won by Jack Young in Pa Pa II giving him the Cadet and Crew’s trophies. Second was Fiona MacFarlane in Yellow Peril enabling her to take the Ladies Plate home. Full results here
The long distance race was sailed in sparkling conditions over the full distance around the coast and across to Torquay where we tied up in the Marina for lunch on the sunny terrace of the Royal Torquay YC. First was Nigel Young in Pa Pa II, second Peter Hewitt in Merlin, third was Colin Blewett in Alice. Then three ladies with Sue Clayton in Hullabaloo in 4th, Fiona Young in Pa Pa 5th with Diana Parkinson in Avocet in 6th. The full 18 finishers can be viewed here
And to round of this brief account of a really splendid championship week hosted by a very friendly and helpful club here is a list of all the trophy winners
And it would be a shame not to mention by far the oldest boat in the fleet which was DB 136, Merganser. sailed by Michael Sykes. Michael has restored the boat built by his father in 1952.