Sailing club history made at regatta

Keith Byers, MSC dinghy captain, Jolanta Cross, Castlegate Security, and Gavin Waldron.
Keith Byers, MSC dinghy captain, Jolanta Cross, Castlegate Security, and Gavin Waldron.

Morecambe Sailing Club history was made when Clitheroe solicitor and OK dinghy sailor Gavin Waldron stepped forward to collect both top awards when Morecambe Sailing Club held its autumn regatta at the weekend.

It was the first time that the same sailor had won both the OK Dinghy Northern Region championship and the overall Castlegate Security sponsored MSC regatta championship.

The two competitions are held alongside each other with the decision being made this year to have combined starts for both in view of a reduced number of OK competitors at this year’s event.

Saturday brought tough sailing conditions with strong South and South Easterly winds and a difficult sea worsening as the day went on.

The third and final race of the day became something of a demolition derby with some preferring to watch from the shore and others retiring early.

In contrast Sunday brought near perfect sailing conditions with a strong breeze and relatively calm seas.

The OK trophy went to Waldron, with MSC’s dinghy captain Keith Byers second and Ben Steel of Glossop in third place.

There was a cliffhanger finish to the MSC open regatta with less than one point giving Waldron in his OK top honours over Mark Fearnley of Hest Bank in a Blaze.

Third was Byers, also in an OK.

Awards were presented by Jolanta Cross of sponsors Castlegate Security.