Arden Pursuit Series

Arden Sailing Club

Last Updated: May 3, 2016 06:55pm
Defford, Wychavon
By David Stephens
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Strong winds at Arden Sailing Club, Near Defford for Sunday’s scheduled club racing and Monday’s Open day. 

On Sunday saw 7 boats take to the water for the first race in the Pursuit series.  In this series all of the handicaps are worked out prior to the start of the race and then the boats setting off in heats, starting from slowest to fastest in an hour long race.  The Slowest boat in the fleet for the Mirror with Helm Kevin Powell who was still on dry land as his starting gun went, and didn’t start the race until the rest of the fleet had started.  Next off was the Heron, which had clear water for the majority of the race.  About 10 minutes later was 2 Comets, followed 4 minutes later an Enterprise and then 2 Lasers a minute later.  Kevin Williams in his new Comet spectacularly capsized 3 times in the space of 10 minutes and later retired.  The overall result was the flying green Enterprise of Niall Campbell and Stephen Trzoska 1st, Stuart Stephen in a borrowed Laser 2nd, David Bryden - Heron 3rd, Keith Stevens - Comet 4th, Emma Williams – Laser 5th, and Kevin Powell – Mirror 6th.

After a short tea and cake break between the races, the 2nd race of the day was the Strensham race.  This is a 1 lap race down river about 2 miles to Strensham Lock.  As the starting gun blew, there was a big squall came through and only Niall and Steven in the Enterprise had untied from the landing stage giving them a clear air to complete the course.  Shortly after the rest of the fleet untied 1 by 1 and slowly started on they’re way.  En-route the Heron took on some water and stop for a short time to bail out the excess water, followed by Stuart doing a speedy dry-capsise in the Laser.  After rounding the Strensham bouy Niall  and Stephen were hit by a big gust that almost took them over, but their survival skills kicked in and kept the boat up-right and where seen to bail whilst on a training run back towards the club house and completing the race in just 41 minutes, compared the slowest boat in 65 minutes.  The overall results are Niall and Stephen – Enterprise 1st, Keith – Comet 2nd, Stuart – Laser 3rd, David – Heron 4th and Emma – Laser 5th.

Monday had the annual open day with more strong winds, 2 club GP14’s were put on the water with reefed down training sail’s and 2 qualified instructors in each  to give people a safer taste of sailing on the river.  With over 50 visitors to the club kept the GP’s busy going up and down the river with the club safety boat in close proximity.  After the taste of river sailing was the opportunity for a cup of tea and a wide selection of fresh cakes.  If you were unable to attend this session, we will be running a similar session as part of the RYA's "push the boat out" initiative on Wednesday 18th May 18:00 till 20:00.

If you are interested in learning to sail, our RYA Level 1 and 2 course is due to run on the 14th and 15th May, Contact Stuart Stephen - 07851 220787 for more information.



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