Ware leads from start to finish to land topper triumph at Axe Yacht Club event

PUBLISHED: 09:56 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:56 10 July 2013

Axe Yacht Club events

Axe Yacht Club events


There was exceptional weather for the Axe Yacht Club to complete a full range of activities at their annual event, held this year over the final weekend of June.

The newly formed cadet section organised races around markers on the Saturday.

Twelve cadets had spent the May half term week doing a sailing course for beginners at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre in Exeter Docks; all of them achieved their RYA stage 1 certificates.

Sailing opportunities since then have been limited by weather conditions in Seaton Bay, so they were pleased to be racing in light winds and calm seas on board optimist and topper dinghies against six other cadets, all in the age group of seven to 15 years.

In the 11 year plus, topper race Ryan Ware set off at a cracking pace in his boat Topper the Morning and led from start to finish. Samantha Flint and Amelia Tooze tried hard to catch him in Ready Salted, but had to settle for second place.

Suffering a capsize shortly after the start, Charlotte Thompson did well to recover and finish in third sailing Lobster Monster.

The younger cadets sailing in optimists found their first experience of racing more of a challenge, but managed to round some of the marks.

The fastest helm in the 8 to10-years category was Emily Allen whilst Susie Sheahan took the cup for the fastest 7-year-old helm.

The cruiser section also held a handicap race in Seaton Bay which brought entries from the Lyme Regis Sailing Club and was won by Mark Jenkins in his boat salty pup named rhubarb.

That evening the club House was crowded with members and guests who enjoyed a good celebration supper and dance.

The following day the dinghy section organised races which were joined by several lasers from the Beer Sailing Club who swept the board winning all the prizes!

Meanwhile, the cruisers held another handicap race which this time was won by Eddie Burrows in his westerly centaur named slipstream.

Motor boats took part in a fishing contest over the weekend, the winner being Steve Hawkins with two good sized pollock.

The Sunday activities afloat concluded with a sail past close in shore along Seaton beach with about 50 dinghy, motor and cruiser boats, the latter led by club president Brian Lavender in his westerly centaur whispering willow, with club commodore Gordon Wright on board.

A beach barbeque followed which proved to be so popular that mackerel caught by some of the fishing boats had to be added to the menu!

Gordon Wright presented the prizes during the afternoon which included a cup for David Mettam who was declared overall cruiser winner in his parker 21 arun for being so highly placed in both races, thus concluding a very enjoyable and successful weekend. It is not often that the weather allows all the events on both days to be completed, but this time summer appeared just in time!

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