Kings Cup lead for Rhodes and Arscott

PUBLISHED: 10:20 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:20 10 July 2013

Exe SC King Cup Race. Comet Trios - No 484 (Frankie Upton) racing to stay ahead on 472 (Andrew and Caroline McAusland)

Exe SC King Cup Race. Comet Trios - No 484 (Frankie Upton) racing to stay ahead on 472 (Andrew and Caroline McAusland)

Rosey Davies

The start of proper summer has brought a lot of activity to Exe Sailing Club, although at times the weather has been more suited to sunbathing than sailing, writes Mike Rice.

Over last weekend the club hosted an open event for the lark class. Most of the time the weather was in sunbathing mode and race officer Bob Horlock and his team of volunteers did well to manage four races in total.

Very importantly, the fleet was ashore in time to see Andy Murray lift the trophy at Wimbledon! The event was won by Stuart and Nick Hydon of Shustoke Sailing Club, near Birmingham.

Earlier in the week, sunny weather with a fresh breeze encouraged a good turnout of 32 boats for club Wednesday evening dinghy racing.

The racing on the first Wednesday of each month counts for the King Cup series, which is currently led by Chris Rhodes and Les Arscott (RS 400), with Andrew and Caroline McAusland just two points behind in their Comet Trio

During the week, Exe SC was the venue for a five day training camp for the laser squad of the British Sailing Team. Ben Cornish, squad member and Exe SC’s top Laser sailor said: “Six athletes, including former World number two Nick Thompson came to Exmouth for the camp, looking for varying conditions and a strong tidal influence. This was exactly what Exmouth delivered, with a lot of sunshine! We were made to feel very welcome by the club and it was great to be able to bring the team to my home club and show them what a fantastic place it is. The team were also grateful to the Cranford Sports Club for accommodating them during their short stay.”

ESC’s Olympic 49er sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes competed in the 49er European Championships at Aarhus in Denmark, which finished last weekend.

The duo finished in eighth place, after a week of sailing in tricky, shifty conditions.

Nearer home, Victoria Upton with crew George Melbourne made the short trip to the National Sailing Academy, Weymouth (venue for the 2012 Olympics) to get big fleet and light wind sailing experience by competing in the final of three Volvo-sponsored RS Feva Grand Prix events.

The race officer managed to squeeze in four races on the Saturday, but had to abandon racing on Sunday for lack of breeze. The event was won by Jamie Smith and Piers Nicholls of Hayling Island SC. Victoria and George finished in 38th place.

This weekend (July 13) the club is hosting the annual Exeter-Exmouth kayak rally, in aid of Oxfam. The start is from Exeter Basin at 9am. There will be a planned break at The Turf and the fleet will restart around 11am, catching the ebb tide back to Exmouth, with tea and refreshments laid on at Exe SC. Details of this and all the other club events can be seen on the website at

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