Regatta brings Dell-ight

The start of the Topper race duriing the Dell Quay Regatta  Picture by Chris Hatton
The start of the Topper race duriing the Dell Quay Regatta Picture by Chris Hatton

A good turnout of visiting sailors and decent weather conditions made it a successful 2014 regatta at Dell Quay Sailing Club.

The sun failed to put in an appearance this year but north-easterly force three to four winds, gusting at times to force five, provided good racing conditions within each class.

In the fast assymetric race, several boats were confused by the nine-mark course with some boats missing marks or going the wrong way round. This didn’t deter the slower RS200s, who sailed a steady course to take the first two places on handicap.

In the fast conventional race, four boats got well away at the start. The leading boats took the first three places on handicap by catching the wind, while the rest of the fleet were slowed down by the weed.

The Solo race got a clean start with a lot of place-changing up the first two beats towards Dell Quay and Fishbourne. A combination of varying wind direction, tide and weed combined to make a very tricky tactical game of snakes and ladders between race leaders Bill Dawber, Malcolm Buchanan and Guy Mayger.  

The juniors entered into the spirit of the event with a large and impressive turnout of boats, many from visiting clubs, including Toppers, Mirrors and Teras.

With so many boats on the water and four laps to complete, the youngsters’ sailing skills and stamina were well-tested. They all had fun and a really good time, showing the adults what the next generation of sailors can do for the sport.

An elegant fleet of keelboats, racing from Itchenor, ended their race at Dell Quay, where they received their prizes and a well-earned tea. Racing this year were the National Swallows, Solent Sunbeams and XODs.

After enjoying the famous Dell Quay regatta tea, the competitors were awarded their prizes by DQSC commodore Chris Sprules. This year the Spirit of Dell Quay Trophy, given by the Crown & Anchor pub, who generously sponsor the regatta, was awarded to Gary and Paula Sands. This trophy is awarded to DQSC members who have displayed perseverance or spirit competing in the regatta.

The Sands were sailing well in their 2000 dinghy and would have finished third in their race. Unfortunately they hit a mark, which they promptly re-rounded, but then forgot to take a 360-degree penalty turn. This went unnoticed but they felt it was only fair to the other competitors that they retire from the race.

Sailing secretary Giles Hall felt their action in retiring was fully in accordance with the spirit of Dell Quay.

Final results: Slow Handicap – 1 Martin & Ed Jones (Mirror), 2 John Fildes (Aldburgh Lapwing), 3 Tom Bettle (Topper).

Laser – 1 Andy Palmer Felgate (Laser), 2 Sue Manning (Laser 4.7), 3 Phoebe Noble (Laser Radial). Fast Conventional – 1 Simon Lytton (Merlin Rocket), 2 Judith Massey (Merlin Rocket), 3 Adrian Brunton (Finn). Fast Asymmetric – 1 J Townsend & B Langford (RS200), 2 Jennifer & Alistair Fletcher (RS200), 3 Peter King & Jamie Prescott (RS 400). Solo – 1 Bill Dawber, 2 Guy Mayger, 3 Malcolm Buchanan. 2000 – 1 Peter & Jane Matthews, 2 Roy & Beryl Dyton, 3 Michael & Paula Olliff

Juniors – 1 Charlotte Reading (Topper), 2 Alex Mayger (Topper), 3 Josh Wilkinson (Topper).

Full results can be viewed on the DQSC website.