Toughing it out in Torquay

Toughing it out in Torquay

With the South West of England basking in warm, breezy summer weather last week it was not until Thursday evening, when massed ranks of Laser SB3s turned up in Torquay did the weather start to falter. Over the following three days the fleet assembled for the SB3 England Championship had a battle on their hands in Torbay as fresh winds swept in, then over, and finally swung back to enable a total of five races to be conducted by the excellent race team at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club.
Local boats were joined by a travelling contingent that even with the dire forecast numbered a healthy 27 entries. The line up included current National Champion Jerry Hill with 3 Sad Old Blokes and perennial performer Geoff Carveth with Palava. Local honour look set to be defended by Westaway Sail’s John Pollard.

Friday saw a strengthening breeze from the South East. The Torbay rollers gradually grew in size with the bay open to the east and for the final, third, race of the day lightning downwind runs on the big waves at over 15 knots were the reward for tough, lumpy 1 mile beats. Carveth stamped his authority on proceedings posting a clean sheet of first places with Daniel Geohagen and Platinum Blonde the next best with a 2,3,4.

Saturday was a wash out – with anxious sailors looking out of the bar windows as the seagulls got blown backwards down the seafront. 64 knots (and rising) were registered slightly further west at Plymouth. After a good open discussion on heavy air gybing sailors disembarked for shoreside entertainment in Torquay, most involving beer.

Sunday was sailable again with the wind into the West and the bay providing good shelter as the breeze once again increased. As before the Black Flag was out for the start and two races were sailed in tricky offshore conditions. Carveth was not to be headed and another two first places saw his four man/woman team take victory with no discards coming into play. Geoghegan secured second with a 5,2 with Hill dropping to fourth overall as John Pollard nipped into third overall.

Next in the calendar for the class is ACCBank Cork Week and then the VW Touareg King of Cowes competition on Friday 1 August.

Sail No Boat Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1 3053 Palava Geoff Carveth 1 1 1 1 1 5
2 3469 Platinum Blonde Daniel Geoghegan 2 3 4 5 2 16
3 3048 Xcellent John Pollard 5 2 5 4 3 19
4 3465 3 Sad Old Blokes Jerry Hill 3 6 3 2 6 20
5 3451 City of Cape Town Dave & Roger Hudson 4 8 6 7 12 37
6 3017 Doolali Colin Simonds 6 12 8 8 7 41
7 3021 Here comes Bod Charles Whelan 7 11 10 10 4 42
8 3464 Eric Martin Wedge 8 9 11 9 5 42
9 3336 Uber 3 Adrian Peach 29 4 2 3 10 48
10 3226 Pink Gin Peter Knight 16 10 13 6 13 58
11 3510 The Baron Ben Williamson 9 14 9 18 8 58
12 3012 Barbarian Benjamin Sturges 15 7 7 19 20 68
13 3366 Hooligan Norman Broom 13 13 14 11 17 68
14 3026 Cardinal Puff Richard Beaman 11 5 29 15 23 83
15 3276 Trouble & Strife Ian & Clare Armstrong 14 17 19 21 15 86
16 3094 Xceptable Steve Williams 19 20 22 13 14 88
17 3019 Ribidium Sam Cook 29 15 16 23 9 92
18 3319 Devil`s Advocate 111 Tony Jaffa 21 16 12 22 21 92
19 3146 Bathstore Tim Cork 17 19 18 26 16 96
20 3123 Mini Mayhem Paul Craft 29 25 17 16 11 98
21 3108 Epitony Tom Vernon 29 21 15 20 18 103
22 3211 Panic Attack Peter Kent 22 23 21 17 22 105
23 3509 Laser Performance Ian Mills 18 18 29 25 19 109
24 3047 Sun Micro Systems Peter Heyn 12 29 29 12 29 111
25 3224 Whizz Bang Nick Wright 20 24 20 24 29 117
26 3345 Jupiter Richard Truffitt 29 22 29 14 29 123
27 3489 Red Joe Woods 10 29 29 29 29 126
28 3078 Scool Boy Error David McKay 29 29 29 29 29 145

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