Sidmouth sailor Salter continues good form

There were great conditions for sailing races at Sidmouth on Saturday. Ref shsp 30-16SH 2158. Pictur

There were great conditions for sailing races at Sidmouth on Saturday. Ref shsp 30-16SH 2158. Picture: Simon Horn. - Credit: Archant

Oliver Salter’s recent form continued last Wednesday, writes John Keast.

With the benefit of having the experience of Hope Brodie crewing, Oliver recovered from a poor start to finish with a convincing lead, showing his son James Salter with crew Ollie Moore-Jones that when conditions are difficult that there is still a place for experience!

It was experience that eventually allowed Miles Hapgood and Steve Smith to pull ahead of Alistair Watson and Simon White after a close tussle for much of the race.

Last Saturday, holiday makers and sailors experienced winter like conditions with a gale making its way up through the channel. However, all was not lost, while the surfers were making the most of the treat of local surf some newer sailing club members had some classroom preparation for the regatta this weekend with some imaginative practical work and also an introduction to the rules of sailing.

The weather for the weekend ahead looks promising and it is hoped that the beginners and newcomers will be able to get afloat and experience some regatta racing and put into practice the theory from last weekend.

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If conditions allow the racing will be closer to the shore to benefit spectators.

There will be sailing Saturday morning and afternoon, with a break for the three-legged race at lunchtime, and sailing completed before the raft race.

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