What a super summer! Generally lots of sailing in pleasant conditions! You can’t better Bridlington Bay in nice weather for great sailing. Thanks to those who put the marks out at the beginning of the season, and recovered them at the end. This year we didn’t lose any, but some did wander around the bay towards the end, and a couple needed recovering from the beaches on the south side of the Head.
Also, thanks to Tim R and Mark E for placing and removing the Race Control hut, which survived well! Placing and recovering the marks isn’t easy, so assistance from able bodied folks is really appreciated.
The Dowsing Race
This took place for the first time in a number of years Bob and Tim’s Enigma won by a slender margin from Crispin’s Mischief of just 6 minutes after almost 24 hours of racing. The event started with both yachts anchored on the start line, due to lack of wind, 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!
Regatta was a great success, with record numbers of boats taking part. The Cruiser A class was dominated by Mike Wright’s “I predict a riot” winning just about all the races.
Sadly 2018 saw the end of our Squib fleet. Neil Orum brought his big Ben “Wispy” to the harbour and retired his Squib Perkers. Gerard Dyson sailed on alone through the season, subsequently buying a cruiser at the end of the season, with a view to racing with them next year. Some of us will remember trots full of Squibs a few years ago.
Contessa 26’s were scarce at the beginning of the season. True Blue was delayed by engine problems, requiring the services of Jim Dean, and Halcyon Days needed some work to satisfy the points raised in its survey.
Finally they made it to the water with just a few weeks before Regatta.
Race control manning still presents a problem, so next year, entering racing will require boats committing to two stints on Race Control.
It’s not that much to ask, and if the days are nice weather, the view from the hut is very pleasant!
All in all, it’s was a good year. Here’s wishing you a super 2019 season