THE sailing season is four weeks old, with mixed conditions prevailing over the past month, but Saturday's race at the North Devon Yacht Club was a placid affair with only light winds, which favoured the lighter sailors. Dane Stanley took an early lead be

THE sailing season is four weeks old, with mixed conditions prevailing over the past month, but Saturday's race at the North Devon Yacht Club was a placid affair with only light winds, which favoured the lighter sailors.Dane Stanley took an early lead before Penny Slee made her light weight and knowledge of the estuary count to finish in front, with Steve Richardson second and Dave Warren third.Sunday was the main event of the weekend when the whole club raced up the Taw to the new Taw Bridge for the Barnstaple Cup.It was a hard fought affair, with a strong northerly wind blowing down the Taw, which meant a long hard beat up river, with the lead changing many times. At the New Bridge conditions changed with the wind dropping considerably, which made it a long hard slog back down the river. Annette Maddison crossed the line first, closely followed by Mike Rayner and Barry Vincent in third.The club's Sunday Series saw a couple of capsizes in the strong winds and three boats retire, but the remaining boats had and exciting time.The Fast Cats was won by Steve Smith and crew, closely followed by Roxanne Dury and father Paul, who earlier had been for a dip in the Torridge. The Sprint 15's was lead from start to finish by Pete Ewing, closely followed by Barry Vincent, who claimed second place. Third place went to Ian Mounce.The Handicap 1 fleet had some exciting sailing, too, with Hugh Kingdon taking the honours, followed by Gareth Walkley and Thom Flaxman and crews.With the Sprint 15 Nationals at the end of June there is a full calendar of events at the yacht club.Anyone interested in sailing a catamaran or any other boat should contact Keith Heason on (01271) 861047