South West Gaffers


Start Bay Rally and Race, 2017

Prawle coming up
©Elspeth Macfarlane

The weather was not too great on passage to Dartmouth for the annaul Start Bay Rally and Race and again there were far fewer boats than we would wish, but the atmosphere and camararderie made it a most enjoyable event. 

Food and and a lively shanty group plus a lot of chatter and laughter with a few drinks made for a really good Friday evening. The race on Sunday started with a flurry of fine fresh winds but after about half an hour it suddenly stopped and boats were caught in a frozen state whilst en route to the next marker. Then the wallowing started but then all changed after ten to fifteen minutes when a zephyr of wind gathered to blow more firmly and set all in motion again so all finished in good style. 

The prize giving and supper were in the Royal Dart YC. Gil Hayward managed to out pace us all with Mary Hay to no one's surprise but Steve and Carol Lorraine won armfuls of prizes with Aeolus. Details of it all will be published in the SW OGA newsletter, Dogwatch.  

27 Jul 2017