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SAILING: Squib crown for Cariad Bach
5:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in Sport
THIRTY visiting Squibs joined the Weymouth Sailing Club fleet to compete in the South Coast Championships.
The fleet of 44 boats enjoyed a superb two days of sailing in a weekend that suddenly turned from late summer into blustery autumn.
Saturday saw three races in force four northerly winds dropping back slightly as the afternoon progressed.
In discussions in the clubroom after racing, the same phrases were being repeated as fluky, shifting, pressure under the black clouds and interesting sailing – the race team recorded 30 degree shifts – but despite the erratic conditions, the top sailors succeeded in getting to the front of the fleet.
Weymouth Sailing Club hosted a championship dinner in the evening, organised by Weymouth Squib class captain Alan McDine and Deo McDine.
Vice-commodore of WSC, Jez Rees was guest of honour at the dinner with wife Paula.
He welcomed the fleet, in the year that the club is celebrating its centenary, and emphasised the importance of the national one-design squib fleet to the club’s racing.
Sunday morning and the weather forecast was on everyone’s mind.
All weather stations were predicting strong winds arriving from the west during the day – but the timing was not at all certain.
The fleet took to the water in winds of more than 20 knots from WSW.
The race officer set wind-ward/leeward course – three legs – and achieved a good split downwind leg.
Overall winner was Cariad Bach with Alan Johnson and Mark Thompson.
Johnson took to the microphone to thank the organising committee and, in particular, the race team and volunteers for their hard work in the RIBs in challenging conditions.
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