Many thanks to Keith and all the team at Clywedog for another super weekend in such a beautiful setting.
Eleven visiting boats joined the local fleet of mainly Flying Fifteens at Clywedog for the CVRDA open over the weekend of 11/12 August.
The first race on Saturday was sailed in a fresh breeze and bright sunshine amid Clywedog scenery at it’s very best. Roger Devereux and Garry Rucklidge sailing Garry’s Rocket (pre-amalgamation with the Merlins) was recalled at the start whilst those in the know headed for the left hand shore up the beat. At the windward mark the two home Flying Fifteens of Keith Rollinson and Rodney Townsend and Paul Watson and Paul Morris led, chased by the International Moth of Lyndon Beasley. Down the reaches and runs to the bottom mark Peter Vinton’s Finn played catch up and then moved into the lead on the next lap with Lyndon, both extending on the third lap. The conditions for the second race looked similar but big holes and wind shifts made for a very different race. The Flying Fifteens of Keith and Paul got well away in front to win on handicap (based on 1965 PYs with adjustments for boat age and beauty).
On Sunday three races were held in lighter breezes with many holes. The forecast heavy rain didn’t show and the cloud gradually cleared away to sunshine later. The very well sailed Merlin of Chris and Lois Barlow enjoyed the conditions and moved to the front of the fleet with Roger and Garry’s Rocket close behind but Peter managed to get his Finn close enough to win on corrected time in all three races.
From Peter Vinton