May the 4th be with you!
Warmed by the hospitality and superb cuisine of new club stewards Jack & Sophie, a majority of Helford’s dinghy and keel boat racers have been content to be lavishly spoilt indoors. For the hardier few electing to be spoilt both in & outdoors; there is no calmer launch in the county, allowing both novice and hotshot alike an essential minute or two to settle before the day’s excitement.
Prematurely warmed in the WIndies, Phil Philpott rediscovered the benefits of his dry suit twice in April’s second race. With a new burgee to replace the one left in an overhanging Oak tree, Phil was the seasoned veteran of 3 races and 2 firsts. Chasing Phil to within two fine seconds, Roger McDonald & Beccy Kestin were faultless on their 1st outing and 2nd place in the RS400.
Saturday being a little less breezy than April, stalwarts Andy & Karen Biggs on their third race duty delivered superb average lap racing. A triangular course set from Trebah featured a long beat into a gusty12kt south easterly to the rivers mouth buoy, a planeing reach to Gew, and a surfing run back to the committee boat.
A clewstrapless Brooks knew better and raced direct to Gew by tacking behind Phil’s Solo. Despite early good advice – too late realised the error of his ways, but did enjoy an invigorating pause in front of the fleet and committee boat 50 m from the finish.
For their second 2014 outing, Andrew Hosking, and daughter Beks went their separate ways. Andy bravely single handing a Laser II down the centre of the river – more tide to carry the beat, but less wind and an almost missed first lap baptism. Beks – in Pico quietly sailed an upright immaculate two laps to come third.
1st P Philpott, 2nd R. McDonald, 3rd Beks Hosking.