Barclay banks on experience for Dell Quay sailing success

RACES three and four of the Late Helm series at Dell Quay took place in force three to four winds which gusted to five at times.

Action from the Late Trophy series at Dell Quay  Picture by Chris Norris
Action from the Late Trophy series at Dell Quay Picture by Chris Norris

With only two retirees in the first race, most of the competitors completed the course.

Gordon Barclay (Solo) was first, Phoebe Noble (Laser Radial) second and John Purdy (Solo) third in both races.

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Despite the strong winds, a good turnout of Solos came to the line for the Late Trophy race seven on the Sunday.

A very close race ensued for first and second places with Barclay and Bill Dawber changing places up the first beat.

However, it was Barclay’s many years of experience which won through in the end.

He slipped over the shallow bank at Copperas point, cutting the corner to the windward mark and establishing a lead which Dawber could not claw back.

Purdy led the chasing pack to gain third place.

The rather breezy conditions discouraged the Solo sailors from venturing out again for Trophy race eight.

But Barclay, needing another race to qualify for the series, joined the handicap fleet.

His win in that race means the overall results for the Solo Late Trophy series saw Dawber claim first place, Barclay second and Malcolm Buchanan third.

For the 2000 Late Trophy race seven, Anne and Jim Norfolk took first place followed by Roy and Beryl Dyton, and Sarah Greenhalgh and David Ellis in third.

The overall results for the series saw the Norfolks claim top spot, the Dytons second and Sarah and Martin Greenhalgh take third. In the Late Trophy Handicap race seven, first place was taken by Nikki Buchanan (Laser Radial), with Malcolm Buchanan/Hugh Tyler (RS 400) second and Peter King/Jamie Prescott (RS 400) third.

For race eight, the Buchanan/Tyler crew took first place, followed by Nikki Buchanan second and Andrew Buchanan (Laser) third.

Nikki Buchanan won the series with Andrew Buchanan second and Jean and Liz Sagues (Lymington Scow) third.

After the racing, weather conditions took a dramatic turn for the worse.

The wind rose to force eight at times and force nine gusts turning over three large dinghies on the quay side close to 
the Dell Quay sailing 

Several juniors in toppers were stranded out on the water and had to be rescued by the safety boat.