New boats and new names for Exe craft

PUBLISHED: 07:51 04 April 2015 | UPDATED: 07:51 04 April 2015

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EXE Sailing Club have a hive of activity as preparations get going and new boats arrive for the new season, writes Rex Frost.

Rick Newcombe and Steve Best held a joint renaming ceremony for their new cruisers. Added to the new Footloose 2 of Chris Rhodes it promises to be an interesting season out in the Bay.

In the slow fleet, Wavelet has been sold and Tink Dixon has traded up to the 31.7 of Rick Newcombe, now renamed Exeat.

That puts her in the fast fleet also, so a very interesting group there.

In the dinghy fleet there are now three Supernova’s, with Iain Horlock having added his a month or so back.

Paul Beer has acquired an RS 100 and been out practising. Hopefully, there will be three 100s on the river most race times.

Charlie King has bought into the RS 200 fleet and got his down and rigged.

Liz Teague has been busy filling and polishing, so she will still be the pacesetter.

The new fleet of Visions is available for ‘free hire’ on race nights, so there is no excuse for anyone not to get out and join in.

Horlock and dad Bob took their Supernovas to the new South West Winter Series combining the Roadford Rocket, the popular Starcross Steamer and the tricky Exmoor Beastie.

The inaugural Roadford Rocket was attended by 60 competitors and conditions were a suitably challenging, shifty force three.

The event was run with four separate starts for similar boats and results were worked out using average lap times.

Despite some results issues, the overall winner was confirmed as the Osprey of Terry Curtis with Iain Horlock tenth and Bob mid-fleet.

The second event was the Starcross Steamer, and reigning champion Iain was looking to get close to this in his new boat.

The pursuit race took place in varying conditions from force one to three with the high-performance boats not getting their conditions.

Horlock junior was 12th and Horlock senior was 30th out of the impressive 80-boat fleet.

The third and final event was the Exmoor Beastie and 50 boats made the journey to Wimbleball Lake for a three-hour pursuit race which is normally won by a local.

This year though, the weather meant very few boats were planing much, which helped some of the slower classes.

With Richard Cain continuing his form from the previous weekend, it was a foregone conclusion after two hours when he took to the lead and never looked back.

Iain Horlock held on to fifth and Bob was a respectable 16th, far in front of the other Supernovas.

On overall results, Horlock junior crept into third place, a great result for a sailor with a boat which has only been sailed since Christmas.

Not to be overlooked, 12 year old Louis Siveyer, entered his first South West Traveller Open coaching and racing event at Mountbatten Sailing Centre, Plymouth.

He began sailing the Topper in December and has been working towards the regional Traveller series, held monthly throughout the South West for young sailors to compete to RYA National squad level.

Siveyer also followed regular training through the winter months after finishing the summer sailing activities at Exe SC last autumn.

Despite testing conditions, he achieved third place for the Topper 4.2 (out of six) and 22nd overall out of 25 entered.

Siveyer has also sailed in monthly EXe Squad training sessions, as well going out to practice with his dad, braving the cold and enjoying the excitement that winter sailing brings.

Racing starts on Easter Saturday. For full results go to www.exe-sailing-club.org

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