Sidmouth Regatta success for James Salter

Crews battle light winds off Sidmouth

Crews battle light winds off Sidmouth - Credit: Archant

The first of the scheduled six races over the Sidmouth Regatta weekend got under way on Saturday morning at 10.30am.

The sea was flat with only a very light breeze for those sailors taking part where the skills of helms and crew for light wind sailing were put to the test.

The morning race was completed with competition taking place between boats in the following fleets; Scorpion, Laser and general handicap.

The event was graced with the impressive sight of two Luggers from Beer arriving just after lunch when a further two races were to take place starting at 2.30pm. Unfortunately, with the wind falling even lighter to just a ‘breath’ the Beer Luggers were unable to take part.

The morning sailors took to the water again and managed to complete only one further race before the wind fell away completely and any hope of further racing abandoned.

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With a slight stronger northeasterly breeze on Sunday morning the planned three back-to-back races got underway. Even some wet and sometimes misty conditions did not deter those taking part from completing the three races where exciting sailing took place.

The winner of the Scorpion fleet was Miles Hapgood with his crew Steve Smith and in the Laser fleet the top honour went to Barny Croft.

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The handicap fleet was won by James Salter and crew Imogen Price sailing in an International 14.

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