On a Sunny September Friday evening nine classic yachts of the British Classic Yacht Club plus a pair of Darings and a good selection of Lymington based classics gathered at Lymington Yacht Haven for a balmy Laurent Pierre Champagne reception. It preceded an excellent new addition to the BCYC calendar, the Lymington Classic Regatta organised by Andrew Pearson on behalf of the BCYC in conjunction with the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, Lymington Yacht Haven and the Lymington Harbour Authority.
The event comprised of two races on Saturday and one fleet race on Sunday under the excellent direction of Roger and Jenny Wilson and Malcolm McKeag. With easterly winds and flooding tides the first two races were beautifully set, though the second suffered from the sea breeze shut off and left the fleet to struggle on a ghosting beat to the finish, with only 4 boats making it across what was by now a strong ebb tide. The Sunday race took place in stronger winds with a long beat up the Solent with the tide and an even longer run back to the finish.
Once more Whooper proved unbeatable and was beautifully sailed to win the event. Dynamite one of the two Darings came in second place with the stunning 10m Bojar who was sailing better than ever coming third overall.
For full results please visit www.rlymyc.org.uk/Sailing/Racing/Race_Results.
A novel aspect of the racing was the mixture of Classic yachts, Darings and a wooden Folkboat, starting together and sailing the same course. There was also a small but enthusiastic Gaffer fleet and the race committee did a fabulous job.
Commodore of the British Classics Yacht Club, David Murrin said “The parties and dinners were excellent and the weather of course did its part too! I am sure that the event will become a regular fixture in the BCYC calendar, and I firmly believe that it will grow from strength to strength.”
Please note a credit of Photographer: MATTHEW STONE must accompany the images wherever used.
Growing on the success of this year’s event, 2015 will also see the introduction of a new Lymington Handicap Class, this will allow for more Club Classic racers to participate as well as giving some competitors an opportunity to race under a different scoring system. To ensure the racing is as competitive and as enjoyable as this year the Race Officer / Skippers Questions will also be repeated.
Dates have now been confirmed for the 2015 Lymington Classic Regatta which will take place at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club from Friday 11th – Sunday 13th September 2015.
Once again the regatta will be kindly sponsored by Lymington Yacht Haven and will be open to all Classics & Gaffer Classes. For more information about the 2015 event...
Visit the Official Regatta website
Highlights from 2014