With the first leg of the 2 Rivers Junior Regatta at Starcross being cancelled due to very strong winds, the Junior sailors were looking forward to the second leg at TCYC. However the races were to take place on the same day that the Devon County Show was cancelled so it was with some trepidation that the event proceeded.
In fact the weather was remarkably kind with the forecast prolonged and heavy rain failing to materialise although showers did sweep across the course.
The weather did however conspire to give Race Officer Don Harrison a difficult afternoon with the wind direction changing in stages from South East to virtually due West. The safety boats worked hard continually relaying the course to match the wind. The Race Officer’s stress levels were further increased when shortly after the start of the final race it was noticed that the windward mark had parted company from its ground tackle and was drifting on the tide towards the start line.
Despite all of these challenges three races were completed in generally light winds which faded to nothing as the afternoon ended.
The Fast Handicap fleet was won by Greg Bartlett from Starcross Yacht Club in his Laser Radial who recorded three wins. Charlie King from Exe Sailing Club was second in his Laser 4.7 with three second places and fellow Exe member Rory Gladstone was third with three third places in his Laser Radial.
The Slow Handicap fleet was also won by a Starcross member, Eleanor Poole who also recorded three straight wins in her Topper 5.3. Archie Miles from TCYC was second in his RS Tera Sport with Scott Bailey and Scott Acheson from ESC third in their RS Feva.
The prize for Best Beginner was won by William Cain sailing one of the RTSS fleet of RS Tera dinghies and Best Capsize was won by Francesca Vasey also in an RTSS Tera.
The sailors and safety boat crews came ashore to the very welcome smell of the barbeque which proved to be extremely popular with all of the food being consumed.
As always, thanks are due to the large number of volunteers who helped make a success of this event.
The final leg of the 2 Rivers Regattas takes place at Exe Sailing Club on the 7th June.