The Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association was blessed with georgeous weather and gentle winds at their second regatta of the season on the Avon river with the Bristol Avon Sailing Club on the 27/28 July.

17 boats took part, 10 local and 7 visitors. Boats varied from the 1948 International 14 of Andrew Thornhill, through four beautiful Fireflies, to a 1960’s Finn. The wind on both days was fickle and rather feeble allowing the experienced river sailors the opportunity to excel in the ch allenging conditions.

Making the best of the gently winds with a clean sheet of first places was Rupert Whelan sailing single handed in Saskia – Firefly F2324, returning to BASC after a few years lake sailing and showing that the time away from the river had done nothing to slow him down. Second place was taken by the local experts, Bob Corefield and Christine Higham in Mercury 37 and third was Ed Bremner in Firefly F2942 from Baltic Wharf Sailing Club.


Overall – 1st, Rupert Whelan – Firefly, 2nd, B,Corefield & C,Higham – Mercury, 3rd, Ed Bremner – Firefly.

Pursuit – 1st, Rupert Whelan – Firefly, 2nd, Andrew Thornhill – Int 14, 3rd, B,Corefield & C,Higham – Mercury,

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