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Last weekend gave us some of the best sailing weather we have had so far this year, writes Mike Rice.

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The lack of breeze as sailors prepared their boats on Sunday morning may have been a little discouraging, but by the time the fleet was ready to launch the sea breeze had started to build and was well up to a F4 throughout the three races, run in the Estuary in the vicinity of buoy 17 by race officer Steve Best.

In the Comet Trio fleet, former commodore Frankie Upton, crewed by Rosey Davies, won two out of the three races taking her up to fourth place overall for the season. One win and a third place was enough for Tony Brewster to hold on to his overall second place, behind Guy Farrant. Guy was ashore, taking part in the annual presentation to welcome new members to the club.

In the handicap fleet, Ben Cornish, recently returned from the Laser World Championships in Germany, demonstrated his superior skills by winning all three races. Ben said he did not enjoy the Laser Worlds, an event plagued by light and variable breezes. Only on the final day of the event was there any significant breeze, and Ben underlined his point by taking a second and third place in the last two races, bringing him to 24th out of 56 in the bronze fleet.

Handicap winner on the water and third on corrected time in all three races was the RS400 of Stuart Hills, who holds onto second place overall for the season. Liz Teague’s RS200 took second place in every race, taking her up to fifth overall.

Highlights of the season to come include the 1948 Sailing Relay in early June, reported elsewhere in this issue. Over the weekend of June 30 and July 1, the River Exe Regatta is taking place, hosted this year by Lympstone Sailing Club. Look forward to an in-depth preview of this popular annual event nearer the time. As ever, full details of the club’s programme can be seen on the website at www.exe-sailing-club.org.

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