The sail training skipper Richard Eagleton disappeared to Scotland and took 2nd place in the Scottish Europe Championship, before returning to Highcliffe and joining Neil Smith at the UK Europe Nationals where he was 3rd and Neil 16th. Well done to them both.
The Club also had success in the East Sussex Coastal Champs, the cadets entering two boats in both slow and fast fleets, Shaun Washer and Katy Perry (Feva), Luke Remon (Laser Radial) and Oliver Brooke’s all taking wins.
The rest of the Club competed in races 3 and 4 of the Autumn Series, in light winds with consistent results in both Saturday races, Neil Smith first, the Palmers second and Steve Boniface fresh from a week feeling wheezy in a forty footer on the Solent 3rd, in the slow fleet.
Keith Walter (Laser) took first, from Tim Murray, getting to grips with the nuances of the Vortex, second in the fast fleet. Lee Roberts took first in the novice fleet, this week concentrating on sailing and not filming from his boat.Sunday led to the tribute race “Barts Bash”. 12 boats hit the water after the mist cleared and at times found useful wind. It’s a first passed the post race and that was Mike Copeman (Laser). Maybe that would have been challenged by John Stebbing but for his recall passing the start line too early. Subsequently a coming together with Lee Roberts twice and being called on several times to give water by Jim Copeman (RS200) with increasing column did not help him up the rankings. Second was Novice Simon Firmin doing very well in Noddy the Laser, with Tony Canon third (Supernova)This weekend sees Safety Bost training on Saturday, and Autumn Series races 5/6 on Sunday.
The cadets look to extend their successes in the Regional Championships , and the Cat’ Sailors are invited to the Handicap Open at the end of the month.The chillier Autumn mornings are having no affect on the Club Sailors racing up to the beginning of December. Early Worm races return 30/9 and 1/10!