Axe Yacht Club success for Mark Jenkins and Roobarb

Axe yacht Club cadets taking part in the club's Saturday dingy series

Axe yacht Club cadets taking part in the club's Saturday dingy series - Credit: Archant

June has seen a full programme of racing at Axe Yacht Club, writes Amanda Parker.

Eight boats took part in the cruiser passage race to Dartmouth at the start of the month.

Mark Jenkins led from the start on Roobarb closely followed by David Haywood on Canna.

By 6pm they were within two miles of the finish, but could not reach the finishing line due to a very light wind and strong east flowing tide!

Of the eight starters, two retired and six reported positions at 4pm, which was taken as the finish of the race, with Roobarb first on corrected times.


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The final weekend of June saw the completion of the June Cruiser and Dinghy Bay Race Series as well as a passage race to Exmouth.

David Mettam took the Cruiser Series with a win in the final race. The Exmouth race was won by Gordon Wright, who finished well ahead of the rest of the fleet.

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Sixteen competitors took part in the June dinghy series, with Michael Crees finishing in first place with eight points from five races. Cadet Harry Newbery sailed well throughout the series and was only four points behind in second.

Races three and four of the River Race Series were completed on the River Axe. Race three was also the ‘Round the Island’ Cup race, which was won by David Barnett sailing his Lymington Skow, Merhaba.

The new Saturday dinghy series, which will run throughout the season, also got underway in June.

This series aims to introduce less experienced adults and cadets to dinghy racing. Holly Thompson and Tom Clayton are currently joint leaders of the series with one win each.

Full results

Dartmouth Passage Race – (June 4)

1st Mark Jenkins (Roobarb)

2nd David Haywood (Canna)

3rd Gordon Wright (Niveus)

June Cruiser Bay Race Series – Race 5, (June 26)

1st David Mettam (Arun) 01:26:11

2nd Roy Macfarlane (Summer Wine) 01:26:35

3rd Delie Perry (Half Ha’Penny) 01:38:51

Exmouth Passage Race – (June 25)

1st Gordon Wright (Niveus) 02:37:07

2nd Nick Jolly (Guinevere) 03:19:09

3rd Bob Knight (Amity) 03:21:40

June Dinghy Bay Race Series

Overall results

1st Michael Crees 8 points

2nd Harry Newbery 12 points

3rd Sandra Walker 13 points

4th Frank Collins 27 points

River Race 3 (Round The Island Cup) – (June 4)

1st David Barnett (LRS Merhaba) 00:30:04

2nd Mike Calvert (AOD Teal) 00:30:48

3rd Bryan Davis (AOD Gemini) 00:31:11

River Race 4 – (June 18)

1st Mike Calvert (AOD Teal) 00:36:17

2nd Stephen Daniel (AOD Whimbrel) 00:38:02

3rd Morag Stephen (AOD Tern) 00:38:45

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