Thrills and spills as sailors go the distance in race

Published on: 06 Oct 2012

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Thrills and spills as sailors go the distance in race

Avon Sailing ClubOn Sunday, September 15, Bristol Avon Sailing Club left their homewater in Saltford to race at Longleat Estate’s Shearwater Sailing Club, to race for  the Gilmer Trophy.  The competition was fierce, as it always is when our two clubs meet!

Despite the great efforts of our team, led by Angus Claydon, our Captain, we lost the trophy this year and Shearwater Club’s Captain, Chris Mulholland, received the trophy from us.

Our Long Distance Race, on September 23, is always a challenge as it involves racing for five hours on the river!  This year, due to the weather, the race was shortened to four hours. The number of spills and capsizes made the racing dramatic to watch. 

The three boats and 10 sailors who took to the water all received prizes and special congratulations to the winning teams: Two-Handers: Mike and Sue Brock’s Comet Duo team called Comet Debris with team members Mitch Carter, Rick Staples, Mick Parnell and Jake Cox: Single Handers: Colin Carle’s Lightning team called The Three C’s with team members Chris Carle and Simon Claridge; and  second: Christine Higham’s (pictured) Lightning team “Solent 3”  with team members Angus Claydon and Cian Hooper.

Fastest lap was Simon Claridge in lap 19, with a time of eight minutes 34 seconds against Christine’s eight minutes 50.

Next event is our RNLI Benefit Race on October 7. Over the years the club has helped to raise more than £5,000 for the charity. 
People interested in taking up sailing should contact the club on 01225 873472.

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