Beer nets success at Exe SC
PUBLISHED: 10:46 10 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:46 10 July 2015
The King Cup on was beset by the seemingly current usual Wednesday night weather, writes Rex Frost.
The competitors were taken to the Cockwood side to avoid the tide and made a good start. As usual the Rhodes and Arscott combination got away well, with Tim and Philippa Graham close behind. The wind died and at one time the fleet was stationary, so that a few had to retire and much paddling was need to get the boats home!
The following night the criuisers were in action, but had a diminished fleet with some preparing for the channel week racing. Neil Matson and Jeremy Moore arrived back from the Azores on the Thursday night, racing into Falmouth.
Sunday’s dinghy racing was a predictably a lively affair with poor weather and gusty conditions to the fore.
Race one saw a tight start with boats quickly spacing apart in the wind and chop. The Ways rapidly pulled out a lead leaving the Trios and 200s to push for second and third.
Paul Beer’s 100 also appeared in the mix, showing time spent getting to grips with its lively performance.
Sue and Rex Frost managed to get to second spot only to lose steering after hitting a jelly fish and capsize!
The Frost mishap allowed Victoria Upton and Anna Broad who were close behind to take their spot.
The Farrant boat likewise promptly moved up and the game had changed!
Race two saw the tide pushing boats over on a crowded line and a recall was needed.
Again the chop sorted out boat speed, but the shorter course was more fun and the gust saw some spectacular planing down to number nine.
After three races the competitors came ashore needing lunch, having had a good workout for the morning.
Tuesday night cruiser racing was also lively, with a reduced fleet in the conditions.
Race Officer Karen Melling set a good windward beat, but in the conditions not all boats were on the line at the start. In the fast fleet, Nemesis got away on the gun with Electra and Gruffalo (Ann and Mike Way) close behind.
Others, like Exeat were still dealing with sail changes at the last moment and never caught up.
In the Comfort class the charge was led by Speculator and Matthew Flinders (Hedley Saunders) with the Wharran Scat showing amazing turns of speed (and wetness) going downwind. No spinnakers were let out of their bags, but downwind speeds were quite high and on the last lap into shore there was some good surfing in the building waves.
For full results go to; exe-sailing-club.org
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