The weather gods were looking down on us this weekend for our 192nd Babbacombe Regatta. Despite the light wind forecast, the bay was certainly looking at it’s absolute best with majestic views far across Lyme Bay. It is easy to see why Babbacombe is, and was, such a popular place to sail even right back in the 1820’s when the first recorded Babbacombe Regatta was contested.
This year our Regatta was a three race series over two days with two races on the Saturday and one race Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon was our Dinghy Silver Pursuit Race.
Saturday we arrived to flat calm seas with little wind forecasted for the day ahead. Not really ideal for a sailing Regatta, the boats were held onshore until an onshore breeze started early afternoon. Our committee boat, Tangaroa, was anchored about a mile offshore and quickly set a course out to sea. After a postponement of just over an hour the adult race started, although after a general recall when half the fleet decided to go off on the one minute sound!
The next start was for the junior fleet, who were showing their skills at holding on the starting line. The wind gradually built and stayed true to the course against all expectations, so all boats finished within a 55 minute window and, with a quick turn around on the committee boat, both classes started race 2 with the wind still holding.
Sunday the forecast was for a 180 degree wind shift during mid-morning, so we were delighted to find that there was an onshore breeze allowing a similar course to be set as the Saturday. With the wind due to build a larger course than Saturday was set with the adult class starting just 20 minutes after the scheduled start time.
In the afternoon for our pursuit race, we were still due for a significant wind shift so the windward buoy was kept about 1.3 miles offshore and the “Gybe” mark was repositioned nearer to shore with the Committee Rib starting racing from our Distance Buoy. The first Tera started at 13:50 with the last dinghy going over the line at 14:35. The wind and sea state built considerably as the afternoon went on and the wind shift contributed to the lap times tumbling down The juniors demonstrating some fantastic sailing managed to hold off the seniors until the final rounds, with Sarah just managing to hold onto her third place in her Laser 4.7 with Tony Owen gaining ground behind her.
Prize giving led by Dave Homer was conducted shortly afterwards in the bottom clubhouse. Thank you to John Lawton from Torquay Real Estate for your sponsorship and prizes.
A few special mentions go out to some rising juniors at BCSC. Congratulations to Katrina and Stevie who have just passed their RYA Stage 2 and were both out enjoying their first regatta. Katrina sailed with Guy in the Tasar, and if not mistaken, was helming if not one, but all of Saturdays races. Stevie jumped into the crew slot and sailed with John L also in the Tasar for the weekend. I am sure Stevie was blown away crewing for John especially for the pursuit race when the wind really came in. Also to Liam for crewing for his Dad in the Tasar and coming 4th overall – well done!
Congratulations to a few of our new adult sailors with John B, Paul L and Patricia M all out competing in their respective boats. Also to Jane O for stepping into the crew/helm slot for Guy on Sunday morning and then crewing again in the Laser 2K with John B for the pursuit race.
Thank you also to our visitors from the South West Youth Sailing Academy, Paignton Sailing Club and Royal Torquay.
Regatta’s can’t happen without the help and support of our volunteers. Thank you to all the safety boaters, timekeepers, race officer, beach masters & beach helpers, registration, galley & clubhouse helpers. I hope you enjoyed the weekend as much as the sailors did!
Sailing Series – Adults
- Daryl G RS400 1 2 1 -4pts
- Neil S Tasar 2 1 2 -5pts
- Andy C Blaze 3 3 3 -9pts
- Dom J Tasar 4 5 4 -13pts
- Andy P Laser 5 4 5 -14pts
- John L Tasar 6 6 6 -18pts
- John B Laser 7 7 7 -21pts
- Guy H Tasar 8 8 9 -25pts
- Steve N Laser 11 11 8 -30pts
- Paul L Radial 10 10 11 -32pts
- Mandy M Radial 11 9 12 -32pts
Sailing Series – Junior / Novice
- Megan & Hugh Feva – 2 2 1 -5pts
- Miles R Topper – 4 2 2 – 7pts
- Will J Tera S – 1 4 4 – 9pts
- Sarah P Laser 4.7 – 3 3 3 -9pts
- Zak M Topper – 6 5 5 -16pts
- Luca M Topper – 5 6 7 -18pts
- Faye C Tera S – 7 7 8 -22pts
- Patricia M Pico – 9 9 6 -24pts
- Neil S – Tasar
- John L (Stevie as crew) – Tasar
- Sarah P – Laser 4.7
- Adult Champion – Commodores Trophy – Daryl & Rachael
- Junior Champion – Minnow Trophy – Megan & Hugh
- Best BCSC – Gould Trophy – Dom & Liam
- Best BCSC Junior – Oswalds Trophy – Sarah P
- Best Novice – Hunt Trophy – Patricia M
Thank you to Adrian Mark for the great photos . Plenty below in the gallery though may be better viewed on desktop. I am sure Adrian will not mind you saving or sharing any photos, so we have popped the originals (un cropped) in a google box that you can access if wanted. Click here