Sidmouth Sailing Club hosting RYA Push the Boat Out event this Saturday

Sidmouth Sailing Club members getting dinghys ready for action. Picture: CHRIS CLAPP

Sidmouth Sailing Club members getting dinghys ready for action. Picture: CHRIS CLAPP - Credit: Archant

The evening of the second Wednesday of May began with a promising northwesterly wind, enticing a few boats onto the water, writes Chris Clapp.

James Salter, with crew Lisa Craig, started well, but then nearly lost control on the spinnaker reach; some good sailing enabled them to recover and secure the win.

Ady Moreton, with novice crew Gary Anning, sailed competitively against the fleet, which included Gary’s wife Michelle.

The wind, unfortunately, eased, forcing race officers to shorten the course to ensure sailors were on shore ready for a delicious meal prepared by Andy and Liz Hayman.

The wind direction started southwesterly for the first of two races last Saturday.

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It was good to still see 11 boats on the water, as regular sailors Scott Tobin and Alastair Watson were promoting the sailing club at the Sea Fest event on the Ham.

Simon Price, with crew Emma McFayden, convincingly won both races in their Scorpion, keeping ahead of Nick Jennings and Chris Clapp.

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The three Lasers out had two close races with Bob Vine showing some good sailing knowledge. Barney Croft and Paul Wilson both sailed competitively, but couldn’t catch Bob, who secured both wins.

The two RS Fevas on the water made it an all family experience, with David and Christina Clapp again working well together, this time against Richard Davis and Suzanne Clapp. Good teamwork and improving sailing techniques rewarded both boats with a win each. Michelle Anning, sailing the only RS Quba of the day, finished both races well, despite having problems with the rudder. Praise to the rescue boat crews for moving the course before the start of the second race due to a wind shift and to race officers of the day Tim Vause and Lisa Craig.

This Saturday (May 19), sees our sailing club taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out event. Non-members are welcome to take part. Come along from 10am and join in the fun!

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