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Dinghy Racing: June 26th



England a 123 v Canada

Helford’s summer returned to that of a maritime climate with a soft south westerly and soothingly gentle showers for Thursday’s evening pursuit. A fleet of Canadian Ian Bruce 1970’s designed Lasers and derivatives was comprehensively thrashed by a fleet of English designed craft with their origins in the 1936 National 12 & 1956 Solo. It was Phil Samuel and his Solo that ticked all the boxes for the evening, finding wind and keeping it to rise & stay at the front of the fleet.
Power or rather sail to weight ratio was the key for the day’s success, granted the helm might have had something to do with it! First of was young Ed Hosken in his Topper Byte –in effect a superb 2 foot shorter & 14kg lighter Laser Radial designed for the smaller helm. To the delight of his father Chris, Ed stayed at the head of the laser section & fourth overall. Anton Chamberlain borrowed his son’s Laser but was under dressed with Radial sail and without wetsuit and thus not tempted to test the easy righting characteristics of his craft.
Emily Broad’s welcome return to dinghy racing in smaller clothed Laser 4.7 but with a similar handicap rating to the Byte’s helped keep her in the top half of the Lasers. Laser 2’s need a force 4-5 to get going so a lithe Chris Hosken was just able to keep ahead of Andrew & Beks Hosking sailing the angles with their gennaker. Becky Kestin’s expert trimming of the big pink gennaker of McDonald’s RS400 kept it filled on the reaches getting them past team Biggs’ beautifully sailed N12.
As Church, Flunder and Goy signalled the close of 90 minutes racing it was clear that the rare occasions the wind failed had not allowed the RS to close sufficiently to let loose her final torpedo at the Solo.
Results: 1st P. Samuel, 2nd R. McDonald 3rd A. Biggs

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Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Dave Church in safety with Dan Flunder & Keith Goy on camera.

Vintage Solo performance from Phil Samuel