Sailing South West Winter Series

There have so far been 3 events as part of this series. I am going to compete in Lyonesse R249. It is always great, the number of people who come to talk to me about the boat is amazing, initially only a few knew what it was but now (I did the series a couple of years ago in Lyonesse) many can identify her and look forward to seeing her on the water. Progress!

Race 1 was the NDYC wrecker, it was great fun but involved a swim so we did not appear particularly highly on the results sheet. Race 2 was the Penzance Pirate which I missed as I was away. Race 3, the Paignton christmas cracker was last weekend, it was amazing. We logged 12knots and felt it. We swam at several gybes which we committed to while many were tacking downwind. Needless to say it was windy! On our only upwind swim, caused by my slow reactions to the largest header I have possibly ever dealt with, we must have damaged the mast, only noticed a tack later when we got to the weak side. Fortunately we managed to stay limping on the course to the end of the pursuit race to get a finish position. Race 4 is the Porthpean Pursuit and at the moment it is looking unlikely that I will have my replacement mast in time – we will have to see.

It is an amazing 10 race series to keep you sailing right through the winter. All in the southwest and now attracting very high quality sailors and plenty of them. I would definitely recommend it. As a bonus it also gets our class out and about! Watch this space

3 thoughts on “Sailing South West Winter Series

  1. The mast has now been created and has been sent for anodising but will not be ready until the sometime the week beginning the 7th of Jan. No Christmas holiday sailing for R249 then.


  2. Mast update: R249 still sits dormant in the shed as SuperSpars have still not managed to finish creating her new mast. The mast has now been on order for 6 weeks and although Christmas will have slowed the process down, I have already missed several races and a few travelling events. If it was the summer the main part of the season could have passed in this time! I hope its ready soon! The next proper event is the Sutton Bingham Icicle as part of the Sailing SW Winter Series on the 26th. Lets hope I can be there.


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