The Fall Classic

The Fall Classic

The Fall Classic Regatta is often one of the highlights of the Folkboat racing season. This year was no exception.  The conditions were spectacular once the westerlies filled in around 1pm. The fleet racing was highly competitive with most teams finishing within a few boat lengths of one another.  A slight ebb was running, so the “bang right”...

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The Woodies Regatta

The Woodies Regatta

Photo by Gerard Sheridan The Woodies Regatta has been held at St Francis Yacht Club for over 45 years, and this beautiful perpetual trophy awarded since 2000 when a young Peter Jeal won it.   Many of the boats may now be plastic but the classic lines of the IOD, Knarr and Folkboat fleets still make the event eye-candy for those on shore.  With...

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Resin Regatta

Resin Regatta

We are back! And what a return to folkboat racing it was. Most of us had not raced in earnest with full crew since the Internationals in late September 2019.  Tom Reed (111) and Paul Dixon (105) had blown off the cobwebs with a warm-up the weekend before when some of us were still scrambling to get our boats out of yards.  Yet there was no way to prepare for what we faced, two long days in the circle with a choppy flood and 25 knots of wind with gusts in the early 30s.  It was brutal.  On both days a boat lost crew overboard.  Three days later I can barely sit down.

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