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

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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

Yesterday, 10:51
Sidmouth III skipper David Watkins hits out

Hugely strengthened by returning players and the surprise inclusion of the 2nd XI’s leading wicket- taker, Sidmouth 3rd XI raced to their second win of the campaign at Bradninch.

Read more
Sunday, June 26, 2016

There are just three weeks remaining in the Honiton Summer Netball League campaign, writes Graham Ingram.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Golf generic picture

Unfortunatly, Sidmouth Ladies were unable to play this week due to the sea mist!, writes Maria Clapp.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Golf generic picture

The Charles Stanley Monday Stableford was won this week by John Jones who scored 39 points, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
golf generic picture

The Sidmouth Jewellers Friday stableford was won impressively this week, by Aston Puckey, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Wood Driver by Golf Ball June 2000

The second round of the Emerton Court for Sidmouth Golf Club was played this week by Sidmouth Golf Club, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Looking out from a cricket scorers position

Not even the best attempts of an English ‘summer’ can dampen the growing confidence of Ottery St Mary U11 cricket team as their season goes from strength to strength with another victory.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sidbury Under-10 softball team were 10-run winners when they travelled to Mid Devon to take on Sampford Peverell.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Cricket

Sidmouth II continued their domination of the Tolchards Devon League 2nd XI Premier Division, strengthening their grip on top spot with an emphatic seven wicket win at Plympton.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sidmouth are the new leaders in the Premier Division after wrapping up a nine-wicket win over bottom side Brixham in double-quick time, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 12°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
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications