NORTH Devon Yacht Club members enjoyed good racing on Saturday in Force 3 to 4 winds. Eight Sprint 15s set off with high hopes, but the wind was fickle and caused confusion at times as the boats sailed different courses to make best use of the shifting wi

NORTH Devon Yacht Club members enjoyed good racing on Saturday in Force 3 to 4 winds.

Eight Sprint 15s set off with high hopes, but the wind was fickle and caused confusion at times as the boats sailed different courses to make best use of the shifting wind.

The eventual winner was Penny Slee, closely followed by Barry Vincent, with Steve Richardson in third.

Handicap 1 was won by Cris Willis, with John Farr second and Tim Cobby third.

Sunday's racing was an event for the brave, with a Force 5-6 south easterly blowing, with gusts up to Force 7.

Twenty one sailors took to the water, but only 10 boats managed to finish.

One of the biggest turnouts of Fast Cats for some time took to the water. First place went to Nick and Sarah Williams in their Spitfire, followed by Sam Heaton, with Gary Jennings third.

The Sprint 15 race got off to a cracking start with Keith Heason and Barry Vincent battling to reach the windward mark first. Heason made it, but only to throw away the advantage after being hit by a Force 7 gust. Dave Warren also managed to take advantage of Heason's misfortune.

Vincent finished in fine style to win, with Heason clawing back some of the time he lost to finish second and Dave Warren in third.

Gareth Walkley was the only Handicap 1 entrant to finish the course.