Axe Yacht Club Harbour Race success for Amanda Parker

PUBLISHED: 09:42 02 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:42 02 September 2015

Exe SC Damsel Race action

Exe SC Damsel Race action

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The Axe Yacht Club’s annual Harbour race took place featuring some of Axe Yacht clubs junior cadet sailors as well as national champion level helmsmen.

Racing took place between two buoys, one by the river mouth and the other by the Axmouth Bridge.

All competitors were tested by the multiple challenges of a light and variable wind, a strong inward tidal flow, fishing lines and crab lines from the quayside, and the additional obstacles of fishing boats, kayaks and large cruisers manoeuvring in the yacht basin.

This provided potential for possible head-on collisions so careful tacking and gybing and courteous seamanship was required to avoid any disasters. In previous years the Harbour race has had much drama with capsizes and unplanned journeys under the bridge, but not this year so spectators could enjoy the colourful spectacle and multiple place changes in the glorious afternoon sunshine.

The race was led for most of the way by Mike and Jane Calvert in their wooden Axe One Design number 22, but although they crossed the finish line first they were beaten on handicap by Amanda Parker in her Topaz, Bryan Davis also in an Axe One Design was a worthy third.


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