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SAILING

GURNARD SC

TOO little or too much wind allowed no racing in the last week.

However, July is set to be a busy month for the club, with open meetings for RS100, 400 and 500 boats, the Shadow Cat National Championship, the Junior Regatta and ending with SailSpy Cowes Dinghy Week.

This popular annual dinghy and cat regatta caters for a wide range of boats and abilities, and involves six or seven races for around 150 boats over the course of the week, together with a variety of social events in the evenings.

The sailing area for smaller dinghies is in the protection of Gurnard Bay, while the faster boats race further afield on the challenging waters of the Western Solent.

There are class starts for any fleet of eight boats or more, plus four handicap groups. This usually means class racing for at least Shadow cats, RS 400s, RS100s, Laser Radials and Laser 4.7s.

Title sponsors SailSpy, have donated a Go-Pro camera to be won by a lucky entrant in a prize draw.

Additional support is provided by LDC Sailing, Ancasta, Marineware and Fastnet Insurance

Entries received by the end of June are at a reduced rate, see the club’s website for details.

BRADING HAVEN YC

Sailors encountered some challenging, if not exhilarating, conditions during Sunday’s Summer Series for fast handicap boats.

The course provided the fleet with some big fast reaches and interesting gibes, and both races were closely fought with only two minutes separating the first and last boats, despite Simon Cooper capsizing twice and Giles Easter sailing an incorrect course in the second.

Although Cooper crossed the line first in each race in his Laser, he could only manage fourth on handicap in each, with Easter coming second and third on the line, and first and third on handicap.

The Solos of Martyn Davies and Richard Coleman continued their personal battle with Davies taking second to Coleman’s third in the first, but Coleman getting his own back in the second race, taking pole on handicap.

YARMOUTH SC

Strong winds caused the cancellation of Saturday’s races and although conditions on Sunday morning had improved, the wind strength still deterred all but the keenest, who enjoyed a challenging sail in the last race of the June series.

Mike Sheaf, Chris Jones and Roger P-Edgerton were the leading boats throughout the race with Mike out in front and Chris and Roger changing places behind him. However, on the final leg, from Mill Creek to the line, Chris kept to the middle of the river and built up sufficient speed to overtake both Roger and Mike to gain first place.


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