Twenty one boats including visitors from Port Talbot and Thornbury took part in the Annual Sully Sailing Club Regatta on Sunday Sept 10th.
In a light north easterly breeze three races were sailed around a “b” shaped course giving everyone an opportunity to display their skills. As the races went on competition got keener, with one boat starting early in race two and having to return and re-start while in race three there were about four boats that pushed the starting line.
Results varied but with competitors able to discard their worst result, overall victory went to Carolyn and Nick from Thornbury Sailing Club sailing a Miracle, while Paul Bambridge and C. Owen from Tata Steel S.C. were second in an Osprey. Sully’s Commodore Danny Powell came third sailing a Laser. First Junior was Pietro Ruta from Sully in a Topper.
Racing was followed by an excellent barbecue and the prizegiving ceremony
A light north-easterly wind and very strong tide greeted the 7 competitors who braved sunstroke and heat exhaustion. After about 20 minutes large windless areas developed across the racing area. All bar one managed to do one lap, with Pietro the first to get the hoot ahead of Nigel, but those who were sent round again ended up becalmed so Sailing Instruction 12.3 was invoked and one lap counted for all. Neil finished first on handicap which put him in the lead in the series on the same points as Nigel.
After a long delay so that Pete could complete a lap, boats could be towed back to the start, the course made smaller and the wind increase again to light, a second race was run. The boats were all unusually close to the line at the start and Neil and Robin were over the line, caught out by the back tide, and had to go back to re-start. Jake surged ahead in his second race in the RS600 and finished first on the water (but not so good on handicap). The Toppers managed to stay closer to the Lasers this time so Nigel won on handicap, with Pietro in second and Robin, who recovered quicker than Neil at the start, in third.
Overall Nigel, the only qualifier in the Slow fleet finished first in the series, with Neil second and Winner in the Fast fleet. Jason Williams in his first series came second in his Laser with Andrew Evans third in his extreme Topaz cat in third.