Exmouth Sailing Club to host Spinlock International 14 Championships

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 May 2018

Action from Spinlock 14 racing. Exmouth is set to host the Spinlock International 14 Championships over the second weekend in May.

Action from Spinlock 14 racing. Exmouth is set to host the Spinlock International 14 Championships over the second weekend in May.

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The countdown is well and truly on to the arrival in Exmouth of the fleet of sailing dinghies for the Spinlock International 14 Championships.

Sailing in by gone days. Exmouth is set to host the Spinlock International 14 Championships over the second weekend in May.Sailing in by gone days. Exmouth is set to host the Spinlock International 14 Championships over the second weekend in May.

The event is being hosted by Exe Sailing Club (Exe SC) and racing will take place off Exmouth from Thursday (May 10) through until Sunday (May 13).

The international 14 is a fast, ultra-light double-handed sailing dinghy with a large sail area. Originally build with beautiful wooden hulls, they were sailed competitively on a regular basis on the Exe from the 1930s through until the 1970s. Today, the boats are 14 ft long carbon fibre machines.

They are a development class dinghy which means that they are built to a basic set of rules that allow for innovation. Modern boats have twin trapezes, assymetric spinnakers and hydrofoils on their rudders.

Exe SC commodore Ted Draper says: “We are thrilled to be hosts to such an exciting racing fleet.

“This event will help continue to keep Exmouth on the UK sailing map. So it is appropriate that the mayor of our town will be joining us for the official welcome for the yachtsmen.”

The high spot of the championships will be the Saturday race which will be sailed for the prestigious Prince of Wales Cup, the ‘POW’, a sailing trophy with a long and highly respected history.

Saturday (May 12) is POW Day and Stuart Lines Cruises will be running a 2.5 hour spectator boat trip to watch the start of the big race, leaving Exmouth marina at 11.15am.

Tickets are available from the Stuart Line Office priced at £7.50. Alternatively, from Exmouth beach, you can see the fleet sail down the seafront on their way to the race area at around 11.15am.

This spectacle coincides with the Exmouth Coast Watch’s Open Day being held on the beach by the Rowing Club Slipway.

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