Second championship day
In glorious spring sunshine, a good breeze and sparkling sea, the second day of Solway Yacht Club Championship races was held on Saturday.
With the biggest turnout of the year so far, entrants ranged in age from the youngest cadet age 10 to one of the senior members who was a little more than seven times the age of the youngest!
Age is no limit in the sport of sailing so long as you are competent in the boat you’re sailing. The handicap system ensures that everyone is racing on an equal basis.
Race one and the three larger Flying Fifteen keelboats set off with Scott Train and Anne Stewart immediately setting the pace. The second Flying Fifteen of Pete Hammond and John Sproat, keeping ahead of Gordon Daly and Jane Gasgoigne, was going well but, with the leading Laser of Rhys Williams never far behind, it was going to be close.
Further back a gaggle of Lasers included Finn Mitchell, Finlay Train, Duncan Blandford and Stewart Biggar all in close company some way ahead of Ian and Margaret Purkis in their Firefly.
The leading cadets were James Howie and his crew in their RS Feva but Emily Biggar was close behind in her slower rated Topper with Alex Lammie next up. Brave young Bruce Copeman was struggling with the wind strength but a capsize or two didn’t put him off.
Race two and this time the wind had dropped and that suited the Daly/Gasgoigne Flying Fifteen and, while they couldn’t catch the Train/ Stewart boat, they saw off Hammond/Sproat to even the honours on the day.
Again, the Williams Laser was well up and the Purkis Firefly was mixing it with the Lasers, things were looking good for their result until a mistake at the windwark mark on lap two saw them having to put in two extra tacks and so drop back. Further back it was Emily Biggar’s turn to lead the Cadets over the line, demoting the Howie RS Feva to second cadet finisher.
Unconfirmed results put the Train/Stewart Flying Fifteen first with the Williams Laser second in both races but Emily Biggar, going consistently well, is leading the championship completing all four races so far.
Next weekend it’s day three of the seasonlong championship series with everything to sail for.