TWO significant competitions were held last weekend at Castle Cove Sailing Club with Lucy Bishop the star of the show.

The first event was the ladies’ competition. Wind conditions were quite lively and, in the end, although races were open to all dinghies, the only ones competing were Lasers.

Bishop in a Laser Radial was the overall winner in a competition decided by the aggregate results from two races. She won both races in convincing fashion.

On Sunday, conditions were even more lively for the Alan Welling Cup races with wind speeds ranging from 18 to 28 knots.

On the day, the conditions seemed to dissuade keelboats from taking part in what would have been a duration race over four hours. Only dinghies turned out to compete.

The dinghy race plan in this competition is a number of races – up to seven – back-to-back.

Ten dinghies took part, including two Scorpions, with six races over three hours. The overall winner was Rob Smith in a Contender, closely followed by Oliver Fellows and Will Adler in a 29er.

Monday saw an excellent turn out in milder conditions for the fourth of six Monday evening races in what is known in the club as the ‘second Monday series’.

This competition has separate starts for three different boat groups: keelboats, fast handicap dinghies and asymmetrics, plus Lasers and slow handicap dinghies.

At this intermediate stage in the series, Bill Barker and James Cash in Barracuda are leading the 13 competing keelboats in that class, having finished first in each race thus far.

John Clay is leading the other 10 competitors in the Laser class and Abi Richards in a Topper is leading the three other competitors in the slow dinghy class.

Cara Jones in a Scorpion is heading a 13-boat field in the fast dinghy class and Adrian and Tracy Neal in a Scorpion are topping the asymmetrics.