Exe SC sailor Teague does well at Chew Valley
PUBLISHED: 09:12 29 October 2015
We've had two interesting Sundays for racing lately, writes Rex Frost.
A week ago race officer Andrew McAusland took the fleet over to No.19 buoy and set a long beat up to 21.
In the light breeze it was a struggle and the boats became very spread out as the tide ebbed and breeze faltered.
At the end though, it was Mike Way first and Tony Brewster’s Trio second.
With a big change of course for race two, there was a short beat and two tight reaches which suited many, but not all and minor wind shifts had big effect on the spinnaker boats which were all pushed to keep their kites flying.
It was though a good use of the area in very awkward conditions and great to get out.
This Sunday saw more breezy conditions and in almost the same area race officer Keith Lawson set two good triangular courses.
With lots of tide, the fleet needed to be inshore to get to windward and there was a long trail of boats heading in towards Cockwood on each beat.
Mark Nicholson had his new Supernova out and was on a steep learning curve, while Robin Adams had a club Vision going quite well and Tim Nicholson in a Laser Radial was doing well mid-fleet.
It was the right conditions for the RS boats again with the 400s, 500, and a 200 at the front, while the Supernovas followed and the other single handers trailed behind.
After a small postpone while the Starcross ferry cleared the area, race two got underway with a small course alteration.
The start was a close one all round, but with a strong cross tide the important decision was when to tack out to No.17 without needing to tack again. This mixed up the fleet more than in race one and the first rounding of the mark saw a lot of competition between Trios, 200s, and Supernovas.
Iain Horlock kept close behind the 400s, with Tony Brewster not far behind, but in the slightly stronger breeze there was a lot of catching up on the two good reaches.
In the end it was the usual Rhodes, Way and Horlock at the front, but Tim Nicholson got into the top half of the fleet, while new boys Saul Tyler and Mike Hart reinforced their position mid fleet.
The Supernova fleet continues to attract attention and with another one now racing there is more reason for those waiting in the wings to make the jump and sail this very versatile, user-friendly boat.
While on that subject, last weekend saw another Supernova open and Iain and Bob Horlock travelled to Bartley in the Midlands for a one day three race event.
In light winds they acquitted themselves well with Iain finishing eighth overall and Bob 14th.
Meanwhile the RS200 SW (Ugly) traveller series was having its last event at Chew Valley. Liz Teague was in great form scoring a row of seconds, to the dismay of her brother the event organiser, whose best was a third. She has now claimed her place as top boat in the Silver fleet overall. Victoria Upton had a good day too, with an 11th and a fifth in the 21 boat fleet and finishes the year as second in the very competitive Bronze fleet. For full results go to www.exe-sailing-club.org