Sailing: Bewl Lasers fight off challenge of Hythe and Saltwood’s RS100

Pam Mills

BEWL WATER’S own Matt Cox held off the challenge of Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club’s Simon Dodds to claim the Bewl Blaster title.

The fleet consisted of two FFs, three Lasers and Dodds in an RS100. Three back-to-back races were held from the Racebox using a triangular course, giving a good beat across the reservoir and two broad reaches.

Places changed several times during the races but the conditions seemed to favour the Lasers and RS100.

The first race was won by Cox in the Laser with Bewl’s Phil Carter in second place and Martin Dennant in third, also both in Lasers.

Visitor Dodds came in fourth after a late start, followed by the two FFs of Bewl’s John Wardrop, with Kevin Powley as crew, and Jim Vince, with Peter Ponsford as crew.

In the second race Dodds improved his start and went on to take win it, -followed by the three Lasers and then the two FFs.

In the final race Wardrop withdrew due to spinnaker problems, leaving Vince to carry the banner for the FFs.

The five remaining boats had a close tussle with Cox once again taking  first place followed by Dodds and Carter, who was also third overall.

Dennant came fourth with the FFs of Wardrop and Vince in fifth and sixth place respectively.

Try sailing at bewl water

Visitors are welcome to try a taster sailing session with an experienced helm at Bewl Water with the Royal Yacht Association’s ‘Push The Boat Out’ scheme on Saturday May 19 from 2-4pm.

A variety of boats will be available free of charge, organised by Bewl Sailing Association. Beginners can try a Yawl, Lugger or Wayfarer, whilst those with more experience can try crewing in a Flying Fifteen.

It is advisable to bring a waterproof jacket, a spare set of clothes, old shoes and a towel. Changing rooms and buoyancy aids will be provided, and members will be on hand to talk answer any questions.

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