Salter sails to success off Sidmouth

James Salter at the helm with his crew Ollie Moore-Jones

James Salter at the helm with his crew Ollie Moore-Jones - Credit: Archant

The penultimate ‘Taster Plus’ session took place on Saturday morning with what looked like ideal conditions for those new to sailing to get out on the water to improve their techniques.

A gentle southeasterly breeze and a flat sea greeted those sailors taking to the water, but unfortunately it was not long before the wind fell away leaving those on the water little choice but to cut short the planned session.

Better news for the club racing with the breeze picking up again with the first of two planned races getting underway just after 3pm.

James Salter with crew Ollie Moore-Jones got off to a good start in the International 14 and led the fleet from start to finish. There was some closer racing between the Scorpion fleet with Nick Jennings and crew Scott Tobin crossing the finishing line first, second place being taken by Nick Dicks and crew Rod Davidson a few seconds ahead of Hamish Spence and crew Alastair Watson.

Unfortunately before all boats could finish the weather conditions took a turn for the worse with a sudden squally shower turning to heavy thundery rain and lightening. For safety reasons all boats were called in and all further racing abandoned.

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