“Germany” scores again…. (Salty Sea Dog)

“Germany” scores again…. (Salty Sea Dog)

After the frustrations of the Birkett, much better conditions were served up 340 miles south for the Noble Marine Insurance Sea Championships at the Lymington Dinghy Regatta, where those who made the long journey south enjoyed a frisson of planing in the more certain wind conditions of the Solent.  The regular travelling “Circus” of Jeremy, Caroline, Bryan, Jason and John were joined by Ben Twist from Broadstairs and Peter Withrington from Burghfield, to make a fleet of 7 and guarantee a separate start on the West course of the Lymington Dinghy Regatta. With locals John Claridge back to better health & competing (and winning!) in the Seafly Nationals, and Robbie Claridge sidelined due to injury, it proved to be tight and close racing, with the odd twist of fate!Jeremy Cooper proved he could prevail in both the strong tidal conditions on the briney, as well as the narrow leafy constraints of the River Thames, and added the Sea Championship trophy to the Southerns he won earlier in June at Cookham. The full report of the event can be found at Yachts & Yachting...

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Caroline & John “Beat the Birkett Clock”

Caroline & John “Beat the Birkett Clock”

The Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy Race Weekend at Ullswater proved to be the ultimate 2 days of frustating sailing in the ultra-light and shifty conditions. Jeremy Cooper, Caroline Hollier, Bryan Westley, Jason Gallagher, Stephen Hodgson, Lee Bratley and John Butler were the unfortunates that ventured up to the Lake District to compete in the 230 strong mixed handicap fleet (eventually won by a “bandit” brand new National 18 sailed off an “old” handicap. According to Lee Bratley, he sailed over 17 miles on the Saturday, to finish 15 minutes outside the 6 hour time limit…At the front it was Caroline who led the way on the Saturday, along with Jeremy & Jason. They rounded the far island well ahead of Lee and John, but that was when John split from the rest of the fleet and headed to the north side of the lake, found his own private breeze, and the rest sat becalmed and helpless as he surged to the front and was the first Lightning home in 77th followed by Caroline in 81st and Jason in 87th. All the others failed to make the time limit….Only Caroline & John went out for more in even lighter winds on the Sunday. Caroline was over half a mile ahead at one stage, but John repeated his north side tactic and again took the lead…. Caroline eventually overhauled John in the last 200 yards after a tacking and covering duel to finish.Overall John was 56th, Caroline 58th overall, but Caroline won the Fleet Prize on countback with the last race being the...

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“Germany” wins without penalties….

“Germany” wins without penalties….

In the first win by a Mk1 Lightning for a considerable time, Jeremy (Germany) Cooper in LN117 from Shotwick Lake SC held his nerve to slot home a maiden open meeting win at the Noble Marine Insurance Southern Area Championships held at Cookham Reach SC on Saturday 15th June A full report and results can be viewed at the Y & Y Online website Y&Y Online Report Lightning-368-Southern-Championships-at-Cookham

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It’s 7 in 11 for Robbie!

It’s 7 in 11 for Robbie!

Robbie Claridge only dropped one race in his successful defence of his title at the Allen Brothers Lightning 368 National Championships held at Northampton SC on 1st & 2nd June. A full report and results can be viewed at the Y & Y Online website https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/218176/Allen-Lightning-368-National-Championship?source=email

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