The Rector brings home the silverware

PUBLISHED: 10:30 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 11:02 10 June 2010

EARLIER this month, a crew from Exe Sailing Club went to race in Antigua Week which is heralded as one of the world's top regattas, writes Hedley Saunders.

EARLIER this month, a crew from Exe Sailing Club went to race in Antigua Week which is heralded as one of the world's top regattas, writes Hedley Saunders.The intrepid crew chartered Coyote, a Beneteau First 40.7, which had just come third in the Atlantic Rally Crossing.Edward Draper, Michael France, David Layton and Hedley Saunders, who first sailed together in the Cadet Class at Exe Sailing Club in the 1960s, were joined by Dr Tineka Blanchard, Allan Dobson, Louise France, Roger Henderson, the Reverend Prebendary Ian Morter and Roger North who had all, at different times, sailed on the same boat at the Exe Sailing Club, but never before had they all raced together.Although some of the crew had sailed a First 40.7 before out of Brixham, they all first came together on board Coyote in Nelson's Dockyard. In eight races, which took them all around the island, they improved race by race and took 3rd in their class. The result was achieved by the closest of margins and was in doubt up to the last minutes of the last race.They were delighted to receive their trophy from the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda on a stage built on the lawns of Nelson's Dockyard with Coyote moored just 50 yards away.


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