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There was a good turnout for the Brading Haven Regatta with nearly 60 boats taking to the water over the two days and although Saturdays force 3 wind increased to a challenging force 5 the spread of boats over the two days was pretty consistent. Sarah Gabbani sailed a good tight race in the Optimist class on day 1 holding off challenges from both brother John and Thomas Witon to take the gun, however the conditions of day 2 had all three struggling to maintain form with both John Gabbani and Witon having to retire whilst Sarah's persistence secured her a bronze behind Arthur Farley and Christopher Chetwood who took gold and silver respectively but on count back it was Sarah who took home the Regatta Cup.
Out of the 5 boats signing up for Saturday's Slow handicap race only 2 ended up completing the course following 1 non-starter , 1 capsize and 1 sailing an incorrect course, leaving the Pico of Emma Gabbani to sail a blinder staying in touch with the faster Heron of Anthea Blackwell, although Blackwell took the line she lost out on handicap to Gabbani. Like her sister in the Oppy fleet Emma Gabbani struggled in the conditions on Sunday and was unable to complete the course which again saw only 2 boats finishing, a Scow sailed by Grainne Andrews and the Pico of Karl Schafer taking the line in this order and with no change once handicaps were applied, not to be out done by her sister it was Emma Gabbani who secured the Slow Handicap Regatta Cup.
Good tight racing was the order of both days amongst the Scow fleet with Graham Sutton having to dig deep into his local water knowledge in trying to hold off Graeme Bowen from Yarmouth on day 1. Bowen however having got the better last tack to the line secured the win by just 10 seconds, with a fast finishing Sarah Marshell from Bembridge claiming the final podium slot. The race on day 2 once again had the same names in contention but on this occasion they where joined by Peter Hayward who made the most of the more challenging condition which he seems to prefer. Bowen however was not going to give up easily and once gain took not only the gun but also the Scow Regatta Cup, leaving Hayward to take second in both the race and regatta and Sutton the regatta bronze having lost out in race 2 to Sarah Marshell.
An excellent turnout of 6 Swans graced the race line on Saturday with the fleet being led around the course by Paul and Sara Smith with ex commodore Steve Lymn close behind, Lymn however was unable to match the Smith's pace on this occasion and had to contend with the silver slot ahead of a fast improving Polly Schafer one of the original 'Ladies that Launch'. Schafer and the Smiths were in action again the following day but with the Smiths sailing an incorrect course and Schafer having to retire the race was won by the only surviving boat helmed by Clive Spash. Spash having secured the wooden spoon slot of fourth on day one had the last laugh by taking the Swan Regatta cup.
The biggest fleet competing in the regatta was that of the fast handicap with a total of 23 boats, 19 of which lined up on day 1 providing some interesting tactics on the congested start line, however as the fleet began to settle down a small knot of 5 different boats vied for the led, with Tony Buton easing his Laser II ahead of the Wayfarer of Roger Herbert by the last lap to take the gun and Giles Easter in his Europe narrowly beating the 420 of Chris Sproat by 5 seconds to take the bronze. Herbert took the race on handicap with Buton 2nd and Easter 3rd. Day 2 was a survival of the fittest with 7 boats having to retire including 1 broken mast and 1 de-masting, the race itself however could not have been closer, with Easter taking the gun only 2 seconds ahead of Martyn Davies in a Solo, Sproat crossed the line in 3rd with the Solo of Gareth Jones just a minute latter. Easter took the race on handicap followed by Davies and Pip Andrews in a Laser 4.7, in terms of the Regatta Cup it was Easter who will be doing the polishing this year.
This page last updated January 22nd 2017