Large fleet as regatta hosts regional championships

MSC Castlegate Security Regatta prizewinners - Front: Chris Spicer, Keith Byers, Lee Childs, Mark Fearnley, Jolanta Croft (Castlegate Security). Back: John Gibbison (MSC Commodore), David Edwards, Dyane Silvester, Susan Harding, Richard Burton.
MSC Castlegate Security Regatta prizewinners - Front: Chris Spicer, Keith Byers, Lee Childs, Mark Fearnley, Jolanta Croft (Castlegate Security). Back: John Gibbison (MSC Commodore), David Edwards, Dyane Silvester, Susan Harding, Richard Burton.

One of the biggest dinghy fleets seen on Morecambe Bay for some years took to the water over the weekend for Morecambe Sailing Club’s autumn regatta which also hosted the North West OK dinghy sailing championships.

After initial concerns that forecasts of light winds, especially on Saturday, would deter entrants, more than 20 boats took to the water on both days.

Winds lifted to a light breeze on Saturday and were a little stronger on Sunday though variable on both days.

The MSC open championship went for the second year running to Mark Fearnley of Hest Bank, Morecambe in his Blaze. Mark, a member of South Windermere Sailing club is a frequent guest of MSC.

Second and third places stayed with MSC members. Another Blaze, this time sailed by Chris Spicer came second overall closely followed by the two hander Laser Vago of David Edwards and Dyane Silvester.

All are lightweight racing dinghies with large sail areas able to make the most of light winds.

Morecambe Bay is always a strong attraction for OK sailors, as MSC’s own dinghy captain Keith Byers is a keen OK competitor having sailed both nationally and internationally.

The North West OK championship went to last year’s UK national champion, Lee Childs of Colchester, with Keith Byers second and Richard Burton of West Oxfordshire sailing club third.

Race officer for both days was Nick Miller with Phil Chandler and daughter, Emma, looking after timekeeping and results.

Safety boat helms were Phil Preston and Dave Wood.