Club Members turned out in force to celebrate the achievements of the Dinghy racers, Cruiser racers and the Cruising for Fun group writes Heather Davies. An impressive array of trophies was ready to be presented to those who found themselves at the front of their fleet in a variety of race series during the past year.
The evening started with a special presentation to Malcolm and Fiona Davies who raced in the Tasar fleet World Championships in September held at Royal Torbay Yacht Club. The weather during the week of the championship proved to be challenging with light wind and strong wind days, with a shifty wind which tested all the competitors. Team Davies has an excellent track record in the Tasar, previously winning National and European championships.
In this year’s Worlds they were 3rd overall and the highest placed UK boat and were the World Masters Champions. To mark their achievements, they were presented with a framed print of them racing.
Peter Harvey, Rear Commodore Cruisers, then awarded the cruiser trophies for the year and the stars of the year taking home the majority of the trophies were Grant Simmons sailing Apache and Stuart Palmer sailing Redshank. Other boats to have their share of the silver and glassware included Forza, Ginger, Majic, Zulu and Dancer.
The Cruising for Fun fleet then presented their prizes with not a race in sight! This group take part in very sociable cruises to ports in the West Country, Solent, Channel Islands and sometimes a little further afield. The prizes for this group were awarded for such novelties as: a limerick competition, boules tournament, going aground, to name but a few.
Dinghy racing is hotly contested at the Coombe Cellars base on the River Teign throughout the year with Handicap, Solo and Cadet (under 18s) fleets and the trophies were presented by Peter Hearne, Rear Commodore Dinghies. The Solo fleet was dominated by James Stephenson in Marinka, but Peter Hearne, Andy Collyer and John Davey also received trophies. In the handicap fleet, prizewinners included Buzz Burrows in a Finn, Nick Clarance in a Finn, Mike Commander in a Laser, and Paul Craft in a RS Vareo.
The Cadet fleet for the under 18s is growing fast, with many youngster progressing from RYA training courses through to club racing. Ben Flower has made a great impact on racing this year, winning trophies in the cadet fleet and also in the main (adult) racing fleets.
Here are some of Heather’s pictures taken on the night:
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