Hardy Bexhill sailors won't be put off by fearsome forecasts

Weather predictions of a gusting force six wind hit the number of boats contesting races at Bexhill Sailing Club.

Preparing for launch at Bexhill SC
Preparing for launch at Bexhill SC

Race one was abandoned, and race two only had six boats on the water including Flo’ Wright’s Dart 16A Cat.

Three did not finish,hardly surprising. The forecast was pretty accurate so Ross Allen in his first season in his Laser Radial came in before the finish having had a swim or two.

Dan Harwood took fast fleet honours.

Richard Eagleton was chased by Lee Roberts until Lee had a rigging problem and joined Bob Palmer, unusually in a Topper, on the beach.

The sea caught out Richard as he came in winning the slow fleet, knocking him off the boat which crashed into the breakwater with damage.

His weekend’s sailing stopped there, but not his interest as he took over race officer duties.

Again the forecast led to just six boats entering the water: three Lasers, a lone Europe [Lee Roberts], Logan Adams in a Topper, with brother Aaron sailing with grandad Mike in an RS200.

The Dan Harwood full rig Laser led the trio,but the effect of using Radial sails may affect that result.The final race was run with the same six having a similar outcome.

The forecast was not as concerning, with a flat sea and steadier wind.

With autumn arriving sailors will be changing to full wetsuits but hoping for steady breezes to see out the season in a sport that has government approval to continue.

Clubhouse usage remains guided by regular review by the executive sub-committee who respond to changes as guidance alters , so please be patient and vigilant around the clubhouse to ensure members stay safe.

More racing is planned starting with a Early Worm on Sunday (7.30am) followed by the Club Cup at 10am.

Interested in sailing? Call in for a chat when the flags are flying.