Wood Triumphs Eventually

Arden Sailing Club

Last Updated: Apr 26, 2016 08:21pm
Defford, Wychavon
By David Stephen
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A brisk northerly wind greeted Arden Sailing Club members sailing the second of the Arden Handicap series on Sunday. A disappointing turnout of only seven boats competed.  This may have been partially due to the fact that 12 members of the club had attended an RYA first aid course all day on Saturday before the race.

Niall Cambell got off to a flying start sailing his Enterprise single handed and stayed in the lead all the way in the hour long race. Close behind was David Stephen sailing a Super Nova.  The wind being across the river meant a reach could be maintained in both directions of the course enabling each lap of the course to be completed in about 12 minutes for the faster boats. Tricia Wood in a Comet had a disaster of a race having touched another boat and later touching a rounding mark, both requiring her to carry out penalty turns which slowed her down. Tricia’s final positon was sixth. At the finish it was Niall Campbell first, David Bryden in a Heron second and David Stephen third.

For the second race the wind had reduced and changed direction slightly meaning a reach could not be maintained and more tacking was required. Niall Cambell again excelled gaining first place but this time Tricia Wood was back to her old form gaining second place on the water and first place against the other two competing Comets sailed by Keith Hodges and Terry Andrews. Overall it was a good days sailing for everyone competing.

For anyone interested in sailing or learning to sail, Arden sailing Club at Defford near Pershore is holding an open day on bank holiday Monday 2nd May between 11am and 4 pm, or, the evening of Wednesday !8th May from 5pm to 8pm. Everyone is welcome. Further information is available on or contact Keith on 01684 833061.


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