Despite enjoying Mediterranean weather, only a handful of boats turned out to race in the first half of the season. The flat blue water and gentle breezes suited the Beneteau 21.7’s slippery hull and FIRST FLING ran away with the first five series by June and had also secured the overall trophy by this stage of the season.
This year the Dowsing Race took place again, after a break of many years, It was a 24 hour, two boat contest between ENIGMA and RIVAL MISCHIEF and although the wind varied dramatically in strength and direction only 6 minutes separated the two boats on corrected time, with ENIGMA coming out on top. (see sailing group report). Let’s hope this will inspire other 30 footers to consider entering in 2019.
The coastal series was a mixture of Filey, Scarborough and Whitby courses that should have favoured the larger boats. However, Rob and Faye’s HALO were never far enough behind and became worthy winners of their first trophy in their first season racing the Sadler. (mind you they had spent most weekends practicing sailing north anyway).
After Regatta, and in generally more windy conditions, AQUAHOLIC found form in winning two of the last three series and finishing second overall with Ocean Whisper third. FIRST FLING clinched the final series from CORNELIA C and were winners of the Chaos Shield for the most first places on aggregate.
The Dowsing Race
This took place for the first time in a number of years. Bob Wallis and Tim Goodwill’s Enigma won by a slender adjusted margin from Crispin Blyth’s Rival Mischief of just 6 minutes (2 hours on the water) after almost 24 hours of racing. The event started with both yachts almost becalmed in the harbour but by the time the Dowsing Buoy was reached the weather was becoming very variable with gusts of around 35 knots! There were some extreme wind shifts with the yachts having to beat to wind both out and back! There were some young competitors too! Credit goes to Rival Mischief and their crew of Allison and Alex with young Hugh.