Sec­ond cham­pi­onship day

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL -

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.

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