Top youth sailors enjoy racing, bacon butties and cake at Grassholme!

Posted on June 20, 2015 12:00 am


Top youth sailors enjoy racing, bacon butties and cake at Grassholme!

It beggars belief that a season devastated by too much wind should sport the opposite when the club hosted some of the regions best young sailors on Saturday.

The NEYTS racing at Grassholme started with light rain and OK winds with the promise of testing conditions later in the day. Eleven youngsters took to the water, one less than the Series largest fleet but ten more than the lowest turnout – it is not just Teesdale sailing that has suffered climatic calamity this year!

The pre-lunch races were keenly fought but as the field spread out it was clear that the lasers were going to dominate the day, followed by Terras, Oppies and a single Topper somewhere in the middle. Teesdale’s two contenders, Adam and Will stayed right up there with the leaders before the PY handicaps (Portsmouth Yardstick if you were not paying attention to last week’s column!), squeezed them off the podium

After lunch the promised excitement melted away but the race was not as desperate as the great calm of 2014, just not what everyone had hoped for. The final results were; 1st Peter Owen , 2nd Ben Russel and 3rd Luke Stewart. Our own Adam Morris was pipped into 4th place with lots of grumbling about light winds not being enough to excite his 4.7 rig, or hanky, as we like to call it.

Eleven volunteers manned all stations, most importantly Lucy in the galley, whose bacon butties will become legend. One of the three safety boats was specifically tasked with chaperoning young Patrick, who has limited vision but is a terrific sailor and proved an inspiration, even if he did pick up a few fishing lines because ones attention had drifted!

Sunday looks like a spinnaker and trapeze day on the forecast so best dig out the sunscreen and a paddle. If the forecast is right I will not be in any fit state to report it anyway.

Chris Dauber