Shortest course ever for the Dartmouth Cannon!

> > 2 May 2022 > > The prestigious Dartmouth Cannon, one of the oldest, unique trophies raced for at Lyme, was sailed in very a light breeze today, 2 – 3 knots, on a near-flat sea. > Only astute management by Race Officer Andy Robinson enabled three races to be completed, after holding on a half-hour postponement while the breeze steadies and competitors signed in. He set a short course which had to be adjusted due to the wind veering 50 degrees to the south, from 120 to 180 degrees. The course was lengthened before Race 2, and the windward mark moved twice to ensure a good beat and a fair start line. > Competing were three Albacores, experienced crews relishing close racing where each took the lead at different stages, gaining or losing in the holes in the breeze. > Dave and Ed Stubbs had the best start in the first race, beaten over the two laps by 17 seconds, Jerry and Pauline Rook taking first place, with Cameron and Darrol Moss close third. In the third race which lasted all of 7 minutes, Cameron was first to the windward mark, then lost out to the others as Andy’s shortened course decision saved the race. > ‘Three good courses, three good beats, good close racing,’ commented Cameron. > Dave Stubbs enjoyed sailing an Albacore with son Ed, finishing on equal points but losing the trophy to Jerry who had more firsts. >


> > The Albacore crews! Winners Jerry and Pauline centre, Ed and Dave right, Cameron and Darrol left. > > Results > 1. Jerry and Pauline Rook, 1,3,1. 5 pts > 2. Dave and Ed Stubbs, 2,1,2. 5 pts > 3. Cameron and Darrol Moss, 3,2,3. 8 pts > 4. Hugh Fitzgerald and Grenville Barr, 4, Rtd, DNS. 14 pts >


> > Sketch today of the Medinas in the harbour, PJ and Albacores in background. Philip Kerr. > > (Permission to use Philip’s sketch. Sally) > > >