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Plymouth Dinghy Regatta 2022

by Port of Plymouth Sailing Association 10 Jun 2022 19:02 UTC 3-5 June 2022

47 sailors across three fleets took part in the annual Port of Plymouth Sailing Association dinghy regatta. This year was of special significance as it marked the 200th year of the event, and following two years of Covid disruption, all were keen to get on the water.

Race Officer Mike Pearson got the fleets away on time with a triangle-sausage course across Plymouth Sound in the Southerly breeze, although race 1 was curtailed due to a warship movement. A wind switch after race 1 led to a short postponement, followed by two more races closing the Friday.

In the Fast Handicap the faster boats struggled to shake off the Scorpion of Steve Mitchell, while Graham Camm's National 12 and Steve Roberts's Solo showed strong consistency to end day 1 leading their respective fleets.

Competitors and volunteers were greeted with a barbecue at the Mount Batten Centre after sailing, where sailors and safety boat crews alike were able to share stories of their good (and bad!) days.

Day 2 could not have been different to day 1, with strong Easterly winds forecast, and sailors waking to torrential rain and thunderstorms. Wanting to get the day's four races in, the race committee postponed for an hour, but increasing winds and recorded gusts of 36 knots led to racing being abandoned for the day, allowing competitors to dry off and experience some of the Plymouth sights.

The final day of the event was looking to be much nicer, although the wind stayed from the East, leading to some big swings off the Jennycliff shore. The committee boat team were exceptional at getting a course in quickly, and all three fleets got away cleanly, although some of the Slow handicap fleet were a little pushy on the startline!

Graham and Anya Camm sailing their 12 Very Hungry Caterpillar dominated their fleet in the shifty conditions, while there was a much closer fight for second place between the RS Vareo of Richard Woods and RS Aero 6 of Ellie Craig, with Woods taking second place on countback.

Zeb Fellows and Finn Gribbin were starting to find their feet in the Fast Handicap, the shifty wind and stronger breeze favouring their 29er. Dan Heaton's Merlin Rocket was unable to match the consistency of the Scorpion and the 29er, ending the day in third, with the Scorpion pipped to first on countback.

There was fantastically close racing at the front of the Solo fleet all weekend, with the lead frequently swapping between Steve Roberts and Shaun Welsh, though Roberts was able to get the upper-hand, winning the weekend on 6 points, with Nick Fisher unable to capitalise on the final race to end in third.

Torpoint Mosquito went on to win the team prize, with club members in the top three of each class.

The prize-giving was hosted in the sunshine on the top floor of the Mount Batten Centre, with ample prizes supplied by many generous sponsors, including Rooster Sailing, c-monsta wetsuit hangers, Highwater Sails, Dinghy Shack and framed prints from Yachty Bits for the winners.

Photography was provided by Paul Gibbins (see gallery above).

The Port of Plymouth Sailing Association thanks all competitors, volunteers and sponsors for their continued support of sailing in Plymouth. Classes interested in taking part in the future can contact

We look forward to seeing you all next year!

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