Orestone race is hit by a lack of wind
PUBLISHED: 11:19 02 July 2015
Its been busy times recently for all at Exe SC, writes Rex Frost.
A cruisers race saw spinnakers out for the first leg with Electra and Exeat at the front.
At the mark, Electra dropped early and Exeat held for too long, finally losing control and being knocked down in the gusts.
The big boats finally caught up on lap two with Footloose passing Electra at a graceful 10 knots, and Jammin then catching a gust to hit 15 as she creamed past both. Jenesis struggled to stay in control and then had a forestay tangle after gybing, forcing them to retire with a ripped jib.
There was a special occasion when the Hawk Sailability boat was named in the marina entrance, with attendant lifeboat and Shantymen.
Thank you to Trinity House for their magnificent sponsorship. Meanwhile, three supernovas were in Paignton for their nationals where there were three days of good racing that resulted in a fourth place finish for Iain Horlock whilst John Walpole ended 26th and Bob Horlock 30th.
There was precious little wind for the Orestone race, but 10 cruisers set off for Teignmouth outfall buoy.
In the light conditions it was a hunt for the first new breeze, but little arrived before Teignmouth and the fleet again split. Footloose and Red Fox went out to sea searching while Nemesis took the middle ground with Speculator staying close to the shore. In the end, the shoreline paid off and Speculator took the cup.
Meanwhile, the dinghies raced at sea with principal race officer (PRO) Stuart Hills, and Keith and Hazel Lawson took the first race while Tim and Philippa Graham took the second.
It was interesting to see the comparison, now that the trios race with the other classes. All day a group of volunteers was running day one of a level two course in the river, which then ran on to Sunday, when the juniors were also competing in the Two Rivers Junior Series on the Teign, but the results are not available yet.
Tuesday evening yacht racing saw PRO Colin Leach set a good course for both fleets and with a fair breeze the beat to the windward mark sorted out the fleet, despite some barging on the line. The slow fleet saw Nick Martin’s little Wharram, SCAT out again, showing a good turn of speed on the offwind legs. The fast fleet had good angles downwind, with the asymmetric boats pulling away but no Laser 28s to chase up the back-markers. Scorpio out for their first proper race this season got going well and chanced a cruising chute on one leg to stay in contact with the fleet. Exehibitionist made an uncharacteristic decision to gybe close inshore on the last run and reached the safe water mark going very slowly, with the 31.7s close on their transom going up to the finish, off the Ocean complex.
The dinghies on Wednesday had once again a very variable set of conditions. Several of the Trios were over the line and having to return was a big problem in the light breeze. The large handicap fleet then followed them down to No.10, bumping and grinding in the shallows over Pole sand and going ever slower in the failing breeze. The first few boats got away easily after rounding the buoy, but the remainder stayed trapped by the tide until, after 20 minutes the wind reappeared from the north and a quick finish to the race was assured. For full results go to www.exe-sailing-club.org
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