>>> Strong winds and heavy showers have made it difficult to hold races as programmed, but 12 th and 16th May saw keen competitors having a go and Race Officers adjusting courses. >>> >>> Seven sailors set out in torrential rain on Wednesday evening, among them 3 youth crews, facing rising winds and seas. Northerlies were swinging 20 degrees. >>> An early lead by Darrol and Cameron Moss in their new Albacore was soon overhauled by Jerry Rook and Jake Stow in theirs. >>> Youth sailors Ed Stubbs and Simon Law in a 420 ( pictured) were doing well until an inverted capsize caused problems needing the attention of the patrol boat. >>> Young Tom Rawlings kept well up with the other dinghies. >>> Worsening conditions saw all return safely to harbour. Race Officer was Dave Stubbs.
>>> >>>> Ed and Simon race the 420 >>> >>>> Sunday’s sailing forecast promised a force 4 gusting up to 25knts with bands of heavy showers tracking along the coast from the south west. The start of the first race was delayed as 12 sailors and the Race Team led by Race Officer Joss Kent, all sheltered from a torrential shower. A lull saw them all take to the water. A good length course was set not too far off shore. >>>> After the first lap, which saw a gaggle of Albacores and a well sailed Solo crossing the line together, the next heavy rain band could be seen rapidly moving in from Beer Head. The wind picked up to a good F5 with a corresponding increase in wave height. Visibility also reduced, so with the situation deteriorating the Race Officer finished the fleet after the second lap. >>> Ed Stubbs, crewed this time by his father Dave, came first on handicap, while the battle between the Albacores saw Cameron Moss and Jack Young narrowly beat Jerry and Jake by 6 seconds in the 22 minute race. Chris Turner in his Solo beat the Albacores and took second place. Using a 4.7 rig, Tom Rawlings again finished the race, though Josh Connelly, with a bigger Radial rig, didn’t quite make it. Full credit to all the youth crews again, coping with the conditions. >>>> ‘Even with the wind nearing normal sailing limits, the sailors enjoyed an exciting race with plenty of opportunity to get up onto the plane and surf down those impressive waves for which Lyme Regis is famous,’ said Race Officer Joss. >>> >>> The racing programme continues on Wednesdays and either Saturdays or Sundays. >>> Limited use of the clubhouse with pre-booked catering for members will make a welcome return from Wednesday 19 May as restrictions ease. >>> Youth training sessions continue on Saturdays and Tuesdays. >>>
>>> >>> Youth members who will soon be joining in club racing, train in exacting conditions on Tuesday 18 May, under DI Jack Young and SI Jim Thomas. >>> >>> >>> >>>>>