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Push the Boat Out, July 21, 2012

Push the Boat Out, July 21, 2012

 The sailors represented three different countries - Great Britain, Italy and Germany and took part in a range of Sail for Gold fun events, starting with two handicap races. These were followed by ‘Turtle Races’ in which competitors had be completely upside down before the start signal – all except the Tempest keelboat which had to have its      mainsail down before every start!

The Olympic Regatta concluded with ‘Sumo Races’ a new-look to match racing which was sailed in the club’s two brand new Bahia dinghies. The aim of the Sumo Races was to improve starting techniques, based around a rectangle of buoys with an on-the-water judge.

Going into the final event, Italy was in the lead but the superior pre-start skills of the British team in the Sumo races put them just into gold medal position. The final result was Gold - Great Britain, Silver – Italy, Bronze – Germany.

Lester Noble, who organised the event with his wife Anne, said: “Everyone at the club is looking forward to watching our sailors in the Olympics and we are sure they will do us proud. We have all had a great day and wish Team GB every success.”

The club is delighted that three UYC members will be working as volunteers at Weymouth during Olympic fortnight. Lester and Anne’s daughter Julia is an on-shore volunteer and Mike Adams and David Clarke will be on the water in a safety boat.


Posted on 24 July 2012 (Archive on 21 August 2012)
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