2014 Results

Stewartby Albacore Open July 19th 2014

The forecast was for light & fickle winds, and if anything was worse than that!

Hazy sunshine and a sea temperature of over 17 degrees made for comfortable sailing, but a rare Easterly wind varying between 6 and 14 knots, coming from the direction of Golden Cap, (the highest land on the South Coast of England), and consequent big shifts in direction caused problems for both the competitors and the race officials trying to set out fair courses.

The BP Sullom Voe and Northlink Scottish and European Albacore Dinghy Championships were hosted by the South Yell Boating Club at Burravoe on Yell last weekend.

There were five boats that travelled up from Scotland and England along with three visiting skippers who sailed local boats in with the local fleet, farthest traveller being current International Champion Barney Harris from Washington DC, in the USA and the National Albacore Association chair Mike Banner flew in the day before.

A minor rule change is require to ensure the "new format" rules match the old format rules with regard to sail flow lines. The rule change will be put to the membership at the AGM during the Nationals at Parkstone.

Full text of the change

The inaugural Tewkesbury Albacore Open Meeting was held on Saturday 24th May. Possibly to remind us all of last winter's flooding the heavens opened early in the morning making for testing driving conditions. Not to be deterred the visiting boats turned up in time for bacon baps and hot drinks and to check out the flood levels from last winter. As if on cue, the rain reduced to a light drizzle. Rigging complete we were all briefed by Race Officer Olly Hopkins. Interesting to note was the local byelaw that sail gives way to power on the River Avon!

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