Press Release 24/08/2018
Royal Windermere Yacht Club hosts RNLI Open Regatta
Thirty (30) boats entered the RNLI Open Regatta hosted by the Royal Windermere Yacht Club on Saturday 21 July 2018. Three back-to-back races produced very competitive racing in the north lake. Royal Windermere Yacht Club sailors took top spots in the races, with Robert Richardson winning first place in his RS100, followed by Nick Heather (also in an RS100) in second place and James Nield in third place in his Devoti D-One.
The Regatta attracted a variety of craft including a Solo, Flying Fifteens, Devoti D-Ones, Beneteau 21.7s, a Hanse 320, RS100s, GP14s, and a Club 19 cruiser, among others. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the RNLI’s Lake District branch. The Open Regatta was rounded off by a family barbeque.
Windermere has been a hive of sailing activity over the past week, starting on Thursday 19th July with the largest turnout of GP14s so far this season. Thirteen (13) GP14s took part in a fiercely competitive race. “Short and Sweet” (Richard Thompson and Anna Clough) took an early lead, followed by “Boo” (John Pawson and Pat McVey), then “Crackerjack” (Steven Wilson and Amy Park). Despite a strong final challenge by “Short and Sweet”, it was “Brian” which seized victory at the finish line. “Brian” was helmed by Robert Richardson (son) and John Richardson (father) in an unusual ‘guest appearance’ by the Richardsons in a GP14.
In weekend weather described as ‘almost ideal conditions’ and ‘nice and steady’, Saturday’s racing was dominated by the RNLI Open Regatta. Sunday’s club racing saw both the Flying Fifteens and the dinghies out in force in their races.
In Sunday’s Flying Fifteens’ races, Nigel and Jean Tullett in “Niffty” soared to victory in both races, with John Walter in “No Illusions” coming second in both races.
In the dinghy racing, John Richardson won both races.