Difficult conditions for Clevedon sailors

PUBLISHED: 14:35 29 July 2015

Clevedon Sailing Club winners.

Clevedon Sailing Club winners.

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Clevedon Sailing Club's 57th regatta was held in difficult conditions, with an unpredictable wind.

Clevedon Sailing Club’s 57th regatta was held in strong winds, while the sea was dead flat, sheltered from the southerly wind.

A large course was set offshore, hopefully in stronger, less gusty winds. Race one saw the faster handicap boats of Phil Isaac (Phantom), Robin Goff (D Zero) and Alex East (Phantom) breaking away from the slower boats, with Ian Hotchkiss and Andy Black (505) eventually catching them up.

The slower boats struggled in the fickle conditions with much place changing. Goff finished first on handicap with Isaac second and Martin Gibson (Laser) third.

By the start of race two, the sky and blackened as a strong rain squall passed through and the wind slowly swung towards the west.

The faster handicap boats once again led from the start, but were unable to establish a significant lead on Lasers of Gibson and Stuart Turner. Goff retired with gear failure, leaving Gibson to finish first on handicap with Turner second and Isaac third.

By the start of race three, the wind strength had increased further and large waves had built up and several boats retired to the safety of the shore.

Once again Isaac led the fleet around the course, but with little lead on Gibson and a capsize at the last gybe, he finished second with Paul Sheldon (Laser) third.

Turner capsized and lost his rudder and Sarah Hotchkiss (Solo) capsized on the run and was unable to right the boat. Both helm and boat were recovered after the end of the race with the RNLI standing by.

Overall results: Martin Gibson (Laser Radial); Stuart Turner (Laser Radial); Phil Isaac (Phantom).

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