Martin sails to victory at Clevedon’s Channel Race

PUBLISHED: 14:48 03 October 2017

Channel Race.

Channel Race.

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Clevedon Sailing Club hosted another classic Channel Race, with Martin Gibson emerging the winner.

Another year, another classic Clevedon Channel Race, with race officer Andy Black setting the usual course but with a short beat to the Bandstand before heading for the Avon buoy, Denny Isle, Newcombe buoy and back to the finish.

It was about 12 miles in a straight line, but longer given the return leg was a beat. Competitors choose their own start time aiming to round the rocky outcrop at high water. First away was Seamus Ryan sailing the race for the first time in a Laser, followed by two 420s and a visiting Kestrel. Last to leave was the Tasar of Benedict Whybrow.

Most of the boats took about an hour to complete the run to Denny and that was the easy bit. Rounding Denny most of the fleet began the long beat back with the first tack heading for Avonmouth.

The backmarkers were split at Newcombe due to the arrival of a large car carrier negotiating the buoy in the opposite direction and the wind increased in excess of force four at the same time.

It was a long beat back with a steep choppy sea taking at least an hour and a half for most boats. Crews were glad to retire to clubhouse to relieve their aching legs while the final results were worked out on handicap.

Results: Martin Gibson (Laser Radial); Stuart Turner (Laser); Robin Goff (D Zero).

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