Trophy races 23/24 July

> Our sailors enjoyed strong winds and big waves! > > The seas built from Friday, so by Saturday pm the Vicar of Beer’s Cup, raced from Lyme to Beer Head, gave ideal conditions for the more experienced sailors. Two patrol boats were on duty throughout, with one attending to a capsized Fireball which lost its rudder. There were 7 finishers, with Cameron and Darrol Moss flying back first after 90 minutes tough going. >


> > RS 800 Cameron and Darrol Photo: Dave Beer > > Next back were Allan and Chrissey Tyler, Fireball, pipped into third place on handicap by Tim Parsons, Merlin, with Jake Stow crewing who came second. > Well spread out over such a long course, the final finisher of the 7 was an hour behind the leaders. > > By Sunday, the seas were similar in a 20 knt S/SW wind. Time for the RNLI Tankard. > Race Officer Jerry Rook was planning a series, but abandoned after the first race as conditions worsened. Again, two Ribs were called out. 7 of the 9 starters finished, with Tim and Jake winning from Allan Tyler and Chrissy Tyler in their Albacore in second place. >


> > Tim Parsons with Jake Stow, Merlin. Photo: Dave Beer > > > Tim O’Toole took youth ILCA sailor Tom Rawlings as his Albacore crew, ending in 4th place. Mike Pridham, Laser, made third. Jim Thomas, Stefan Laeger and Dave Guthrie also finished. > Jake commented: ‘Two great races over two days – my arms hurt, my legs hurt, but it was worth it!’ > > The next race will be for the RNLI Pennant on Wednesday evening, when an entry collection is made for the Lifeboat. > > > > > > >