Light winds dominated Teign Corinthian’s Dinghy Regatta over the weekend of September 29 and 30. Visitors from local clubs swelled numbers to 26 starters over the weekend – split in to 3 fleets for cadets, slow handicap (anything over 1121 portsmouth yardstick, PY) and fast handicap (less than 1120 PY). 

But it’s tough being a Race Officer at Coombe Cellars on the River Teign. Saturday provided a beautiful sunny morning but the forecast ENE’ly never happened. Instead we had a drifter SW’ly and it was a DRIFTER. Sasha Karakusevic did a great job as PRO putting in a triangle, sausage, triangle course and getting one race in.

Race 2 was abandoned as no boats made it to the windward mark within the 30 minute time limit. Just a handful of boat lengths away meant Owen Martin couldn’t capitalise and get around the mark first. With no third race we all retired for a welcome lunchtime BBQ. 

So all was to play for on Sunday when a light WNW’ly was forecast. At least the forecasters got the general direction right – it was coming from the west but no north in it, if anything a bit of south to be a WSW. Sunday was grey and overcast. We saw a few new faces for the second day but also lost a few as they decided to call it a day with only the occasional ripple stirring the surface before racing got underway. Their loss as a light breeze did settle in and this time we got all three scheduled races in. 

Race one saw a very congested start line particularly as all three fleets were starting together. It all made for a raucous start with much shouting of “up, up, up”. And this time we actually got to do more than a triangle and went on to sail the sausage leg of the course as well. Malcolm and Fiona Davies led the fast fleet around in their Tasar but could never get quite get away from Mike Commander in his K1. The slow handicap fleet was led home by Tim Martin in his Solo and the cadets by Sadie May Miles. 

Race 2 was quickly got underway with Mike getting away cleanly and leading around the windward mark. Chased down and passed by Malcolm and Fiona on the second beat but the margin was not enough for them to secure a win. Another Solo sailed by James Stevenson came through to take a win in the slow handicap and Sadie May was clearly finding the conditions to her liking as she took another win.

Race 3 got underway with a fast ebbing tide now setting in and you had to decide whether to lee bow the tide and stay in the pressure or head for the shore side and out of the tide. In the event, lee-bowing was not the right choice as the pressure dropped half way up the beat. Nevertheless Mike did enough to hang on to Malcolm and Fiona and pip them on corrected time in the fast fleet. The Solos saw a new face and a new club member emerge as Liam McGrath showed the slow fleet a clean pair of heels, as did Sadie May in the cadets. 

Everyone retired to the shore, polished off the burgers and hot dogs and indulged in a cream tea or two – can’t beat home made scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream, whether it’s the Devon or Cornish way doesn’t matter. They always taste great. Prize-giving was hosted by our Rear Commodore Dinghies, Ben Miles, who took great delight awarding himself 3rd place in the slow fleet and also his daughter Sadie May who with four bullets to her name was untouchable in the Cadets. 

Special thanks go to Morrison’s for their generous support of the BBQ, to SeaQuest Marine for helping with prizes and to Alex Green and Frances Commander for their cake making specials.

With thanks also to Garnett Showell for the wonderful photos. Click Here for the full Regatta album.