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In glorious late August weather, 62 dinghies lined up for their starts from BHYC's Committee Boat. With a NNW F2-3 breeze, Race Officer Duncan Bates and his team set a 'P' Course, 'N' and 'O' to port, 'Y' to starboard and the 'Leeward inflatable buoy' to port. 3 laps for the faster classes, 2 laps for the Scows, Swans and Slow handicap and just one lap for the Optimists.

The Optimist class saw 'on form' Henry Landon (BSC) taking first place, more than half a minute ahead of Paloma Crutchfield (BSC), with Tom Biddle (BSC) taking 3rd place.

In the Laser 4.7, again BSC showed strongly taking the first 4 places but our own Sarah Gabbani (BHYC) finished very strongly just 27 seconds behind the Laser in front taking an excellent 5th place out of 10 starters.

The Scow race made great spectator viewing with the lead changing right up to the last beat. BHYC's Anne Barlow came back at the last minute to take line honours from Ollie Morgan (BSC) with Francesca (BSC) finishing a strong 3rd. Paul Gould (BHYC) finished 4th, close behind Francesca, to take the Trophy for 1st wooden Scow.

The Slow handicap race welcomed Giles Thomas from SVYC in his SVOD No. 91. Giles went on to win the race in great style, with Jan Webb (BHYC) in 2nd place in her Pico, and Lily and Josie Harding (BSC) in their RS Feva taking 3rd place.

Just three entries in the Swan class meant they started with the slow. Polly and Linda (BHYC) in Swan 11 sailed their race of the summer to press Clive and Hannah Spash (BHYC) and finish just 44 seconds behind this experienced duo. Paul and Sara Smith (BHYC), leading the Swan fleet for the whole race, committed an error of course shortly before the finish and ended in 3rd place.

Finally, by far the largest class in the Regatta with 24 entries, the Fast handicap saw individual battles and races within a race going on during the 3 lap course. This season's unbeatable duo of Peter Hayward and Emma Gabbani (BHYC) continued their run of wins in the RS200, but were challenged by on-form Laser sailor Arthur Farley (BHYC) who finished a strong second, with veteran Martyn Davies (BHYC), showing us he has lost none of his talent, finishing 3rd in his Solo, just 19 seconds behind on corrected time.

The two Keelboat classes raced in the afternoon. A very good turnout from the Redwings saw 13 boats at the start with No.6 Blue Jay ll helmed by Bruce Huber in 1st place, No.11 Toucan, Colin Samuelson 2nd and No.30 Quail, James Wilson 3rd.

The BODAs had been racing all morning and just two brave souls carried on for the afternoon. No.5 James Beart took the Cup after Ella Bat in No.7 retired.

A wise and timely decision saw racing cancelled in the interests of safety on Sunday, but Monday's Cadet Regatta saw 22 children take to the water, race outside the harbour and then return to the Club's home waters for the tried and tested game known as the 'Oppy sinking competition'.

The Bar staff were kept busy across the weekend - with Neil Hilson volunteering as head barman on Sunday night. Everyone was well fed thanks to Emily and her team with BBQ's across the weekend topped off with a Hog Roast on Saturday night, Sunday lunch as usual and paella on Sunday night. Finally, there was a busy BBQ prior to the well-attended Cadet Prize Giving on Bank Holiday Monday.

Many thanks to BSC for their continued support providing both worthy competitors and additional safety cover, and of course to all volunteers and competitors from Brading Haven who together made Saturday such a great success.

BHYC Sailing Team
(Photos Jonathan Hoare)

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