Exe Sailing Club stage a highly successful 200 class National Championship

10:40 14 August 2014

Sailing - the 200 class national championships held off Exmouth

Sailing - the 200 class national championships held off Exmouth

fotoboat/Mike Rice

Exe Sailing Club played host to the 200 class National Championships last week, writes Rex Frost.

Sailing - the 200 class national championships held off ExmouthSailing - the 200 class national championships held off Exmouth

The boats began rolling into the dinghy park, from as far away as Cyprus on Friday, and by Sunday morning 40 were lined up looking smart and ready for a weeks racing.

As it was, Sunday proved a little breezier than forecast, but the fleet arrived out at sea on time and Race Officer, Phil Morrison (who also designed the boats) got the races off on time. The leaders stayed in a tight bunch, lots of competition there, but the remainder straggled out somewhat and by lap three the capsizes began. By race two the waves were getting big and again those without the right technique were struggling. The leaders again covered the course in good time, getting thrilling planing reaches down to the gate, but the slower crews were tiring and after a number of capsizes there were disabled boats being tended to and boats retiring.

Day two saw more wind than expected, but after a long black cloud and rain drifted over the course, the wind died. Racing was postponed for an hour and then the breeze came back solidly. With waves building and gusts of 22 knots, the leaders enjoyed screaming spinnaker reaches while the tail-enders suffered from multiple swims. The safety boats were kept busy tidying up and escorting retirees back up the channel, but for most it was great fun. By the end of the day, Rob and Katie Burridge had built their lead with three bullets and were well on top of it.

Tuesday saw a dubious forecast and Phil went out early to check. The fleet was held back half an hour as rain obscured their view of the committee boat and then it was on. Race one was fairly gentle and the fleet got around in good order, but after a big wind shift it was breeze on again and with an ebbing tide the waves kicked up. The top competitors again enjoyed fast downwind runs across the waves and that continued with the run home over Pole Sand, with brilliant surfing conditions into the river. Grins were evident as the fleet came ashore, with the usual addition of icecream rewards for those who handed in their tags, on signing off. After three days the Burridges were in the lead with six points while the Army and Navy reps were equal second on 15. Lots to play for, but the top three were looking too good. With the programme on track, a Lay Day was declared for Wednesday and the visitors went off cycling, sightseeing or chilling out.

On Thursday the wind was light and one race saw the fleet all sailing calmly, for the first time. The race officer stopped the second race early as the wind was dying but it was obvious that the Burridges had cemented their place at the top and could not be beaten. The following morning saw a very light breeze, dying slowly. The fleet got to the lifeboat house and paused on the beach to await a new wind, then set off. In very fickle conditions the race officer got one race in, with the tail enders drifting back to the finish. The final race was cancelled, to universal acclaim, and the fleet drifted back on the tide to enjoy a sunny afternoon packing up and preparing for the prizegiving evening.

The Bob Horlock, event organiser, thanked all his teams and the class secretary thanked Exe for a wonderful week. Apart from the main prizes the ‘Pecker award’ was handed to Claire for still being unable to connect up the spinnaker. Dinner and a disco followed and the party went on well into the night. Full results can be seen at www.exe-sailing-club.org


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Fri, 09:30
Sidmouth RFC Under-8s

Sidmouth Under-8s travelled to South Devon to take on hosts Teignmouth for their latest action.

Read more
Fri, 09:29
ssp week 48 sailing Lisa Craig wins most improved female.

Saturday evening saw the members of Sidmouth Sailing Club gather together with friends and family for their annual Trophy Night held at the Port Royal.

Read more
Fri, 09:28
Sidmouth Bowls Clubs Ann England organised a celebration presentation evening for the 27 members who played in the Sunset Umbrella during the Outdoor season.

Sidmouth Bowling Club was honoured to receive a visit from the president of the Devon County Ladies Indoor Bowling Association (DCLIBA) and her team, write Jenny Fricker and Ron Cook.

Read more
Fri, 09:28
Sidbury Utd suffered a home defeat by two goals to nil by Chard 2nds. Ref shsp 5571-44-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Followers of Sidbury United would have been forgiven for a rendition of: “Crisis, what crisis?”, after their teams 2-0 win at high-flying Honiton Town in last weekend’s Fresha League meeting.

Read more
Fri, 09:28
Sidmouth Chiefs at home to Wadebridge Camels. Ref shsp 4627-48-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth Chiefs were 15-10 victors when they entertained Wadebridge Camels.

Read more
Fri, 09:28
Seaton Town played against Sidmouth Town at the weekend. Ref shsp 4589-48-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth Town exited the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup, beaten 2-1 at Fresha League Seaton Town.

Read more
Fri, 09:27
Sidmouth Town 3rds at home to Sandford. Ref shsp 6863-47-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Town Reserves came back from two goals down to win 5-2 when they met Witheridge Reserves in a Fresha League Division One game.

Read more
Fri, 09:27
Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Sidmouth Under-9 Warriors had very mixed results in their latest matches in the Exeter and District Youth League.

Read more
Fri, 09:27
Sidmouth Under-7s action

Sidmouth Under-7s were engaged in a series of terrific matches at a chilly Teignmouth.

Read more
Fri, 09:26
Football generic picture

Sidmouth Raiders Under-13s produced an excellent fight-back to recover from a two goal deficit and eventually defeat Moors Youth 5-3.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Find a job in Sidmouth

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications