SUNDAY saw racing across all fleets at the North Devon Yacht Club, from Fast Cats to Gaffers. They were all competing for the Barnstaple cups, racing up the River Taw to the new bridge and back. With a stiff south westerly Force 4 blowing, exciting racin

SUNDAY saw racing across all fleets at the North Devon Yacht Club, from Fast Cats to Gaffers.

They were all competing for the Barnstaple cups, racing up the River Taw to the new bridge and back. With a stiff south westerly Force 4 blowing, exciting racing was assured.

The Fast Cat fleet was depleted as the Spitfires did not want to race due to the unpredictable nature of the sand banks which are common on the Taw.

Sam Heaton led from start to finish, making the most of his gennaker for the trip up to Barnstaple and finishing a good 10 minutes ahead of the field. Thom Flaxman and crew Poppy came second after capsizing near the windward mark.

The Sprint 15s had a good turn out and a cracking race. Once again the race was led from start to finish by Keith Heason, who finished two minutes ahead of Rob Way & Penny Slee with Barry Vincent third.

Handicap 1 Fleet had a testing time as the wind increased to a Force 6 and a weather front came in with rain and thunder. Martin Allen was the eventual winner, Jon Far was second and Gareth Wakley third.

Richard Newing and wife Hilary won the Gaffers Race with points to spare on handicap. Two salty old sea dogs came second in the form of Mike Palmer Head and Dave Parkin, sailing a shrimper, and Colin Freeman came third.

This weekend sees NDYC hosting a Spitfire and Shadow T.T meeting. Anyone is interested in sailing should contact Thom Flaxman on (01271) 861390