Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The last couple of weeks has seen Exmouth sailors competing away at a variety of events, writes Bob Horlock.
Ben Cornish took his laser to the Laser European Championships at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland.
After a set of 12 races over six days in a broad range of conditions from five to 20 knots he finished an excellent 23rd (out of 124) behind the winner Tonic Stipanovic from Croatia.
Cornish was the fourth British sailor in this extremely competitive class, a result that reflects the hours and hours of gruelling practice that he has put in to his sailing over the last several years and promises even better results in the future.
Iain Horlock took part in the Contender National Championships at Highcliffe Sailing Club near Bournemouth.
Forty boats turned up for four days of racing, and the race officer did a great job of getting all eight races in despite there being challenging conditions for setting an even course. Horlock sailed a fantastic series, with every result inside the top 10, and finished fifth overall. The event was won by multiple National and World Champion Stuart Jones and the other boats in front of the Exmouth sailor were all sailed by previous champions. Horlock has also been asked to crew at the Endeavour Trophy, which is the dinghy race for selected national champions of various classes. This race takes place early next month and is another stepping stone in the career of this promising young sailor.
There was a good turnout of Exe Sailing Club members at this year’s Dartmouth Regatta. New member Harry Glossop came ninth in class and got the Junior Helm prize for helming the whole regatta aged 11. Malcolm Lynn and the Nemesis crew came eighth in IRC 4. Maybe 3 sailed by Martin Minter and crew came sixth in PY 1. PY 2 was won by Rick Newcombe’s crew in Exehibitionist, with Rex Frost and his Electra crew coming seventh in the same class. David Palfreman and the Speculator crew came fifth in PY3.
Meanwhile, three of the clubs promising young juniors raced at the Sidmouth Laser Open on Sunday. Sailing in the Laser Radial class Josh Geare, George Melbourne and Charlie King finished in mid fleet, a very creditable result in their first adult open event.