Glorious sunshine, warm temperatures, force 3-4 wind and the opportunity to race in parts of the river not normally visited during regular club racing attracted a fleet of over 50 boats to the start line for the Round the Islands races on Sunday July 23rd. The races were run in the aid of the RNLI and competitors generously donated £248.60 to that worthy cause.
The shorter Round Northey dinghy event was won by Marnie Aers in her Optimist. Marc and Charlie Southgate (Mirror) and Theo Aers (Topper) took joint line honours but were not sufficiently far ahead to beat Marnie on handicap.
The Cruiser fleet sailed around Osea Island and was won by Sorcerer (Bryan Southgate) from Poohsticks (Barry Ely) with Rocket (Steve Sharpe) in third place.
The 35-strong main dinghy fleet was split into two starting groups for their figure of eight race around Osea and Northey Islands with slower boats starting first, 20 minutes ahead of the fast fleet and results calculated after taking into account the different start times. On handicap the winner was Mark Maskell and Nigel Sheppard in their Fireball who started with the fast fleet. Second and third places were taken by Blazes sailed by Andy McIvor and Ben Fullalove who were both part of the first fleet to start.