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SailEAST 2014 at Dabchicks SC

posted May 27, 2014, 8:21 AM by Results Admin   [ updated May 27, 2014, 8:41 AM by Dabchicks Admin ]


On the 24th and 25th of May twenty one IRC rated yachts turned out for the first SailEAST regatta of 2014, run by Dabchicks Sailing Club.  They were treated to three races of exciting short courses in the Blackwater Estuary off West Mersea.

There was a good range of boats from up and down the coast, but the local boats represented the extremes in the ratings, from 'Oystercatcher XXX' HH42, rated 1.224 to 'Camel' (Sonata) on 0.823.

The Southerly wind was persistent and strong on both days, with gusts up to 28knots recorded on the committee boat on Saturday.  The fast flowing ebb meant the beats were across the tide, so conditions were better suited to 'round the cans' style racing.   The Race Committee, Peter Fitt and team, opted to set courses which encompassed most of the buoys in the race area. 

On Saturday, the Dabchicks Race Management Team were pleased to welcome Duncan Abel and his camera, from the magazine 'Anglia Afloat', who even mucked in with a bit of mark laying for the pin end buoy, so he was in the right place to see all the boats make clean starts to all the races.  With the exception of the super fast Oystercatcher XXX and a few boats that made an unnecessary detour when their navigators mistook the location of one of the buoys in race 2, the fleets stayed together well.  

There was plenty of dancing at the party on Saturday night with the band 'Junk Yard Aliens' playing well into the night, with three, or was it four encore numbers.  With some competitors staying onboard, yes, even on the Sonata, grateful thanks go to the volunteer trot boat drivers Ollie and Celyn, who were kept busy until very late and then again, very early all weekend. 

Thanks to everyone who took part, look forward to seeing you all again next year...

The class winners were:

Overall  : JB's 80, J Bolingbroke
Class 1 :  Oystercatcher XXX, R Matthews
Class 2 :  JB's 80, J Bolingbroke 
Class 3 :  Reasons to be Cheerful, N Glanville, A Vince, M Heathcote