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Coaching and Racing Regatta Margate Yacht Club 1 May 2010

With the forecast gale force winds failing to show Margate Yacht Club played host to 31 young sailors from around the County in the second of the four KSSA Maidstone Sailing Club ** coaching and training regattas.

Four races were scheduled, two in the morning and two after lunch. Each race lasted approx 45 minutes and with each race came a change of course layout designed to suit all types of classes entered in the event. Additionally and unique to the MSC Trophy Regattas, competitors were able to receive direct coaching during the racing.

The first race, a windward / leeward course, started in a perfect force 2-3 SW but shortly after the start the wind dropped rapidly. The three RS200’s and four Laser Radial’s managed to complete two laps with the remainder of the fleet ,Topper’s, QBA’s, Taz’s and a Tera managed only one lap before the wind disappeared all together.

A result was recorded for the completed rounds and all boats were towed to shore where, to the surprise of the galley crew, expected an early lunch!! They duly delivered with pasta, bolognaise, jackets and lots of cake.

After lunch the race management team announced that wind was imminent and hurried all sailors afloat for one or possibly two more races. In the end three were completed, all on a square course and inshore of the vicious tide, and all with an element of leniency from the Race Officer. It was after all a training event wasn’t it!!!

As the afternoon passed the wind increased and with many gusts a number of competitors were caught out and went swimming; who would have thought it after the morning tow!!

The final result was very closely fought between the top four, an RS200 and three Laser R’s, separated by just two points; with first place decided on count back. Such was the completion at the top that each of these four counted a result no worse than 4th place.

Whilst the youngsters were racing the not so young amongst us were also learning a thing or two as the coaching staff and race management team were assisted by a number of volunteers from other clubs.

Many thanks must go to Margate Yacht Club for hosting the event together with those from Downs SC, Broadstairs SC and Dover Water Sports who provided volunteer coaches and equipment.

Overall the day was a great success and KSSA looks forward to returning to Margate in the future.

** Maidstone Sailing Club (MSC) ceased to exist in 2009 and KSSA was fortunate enough to receive a share of its assets as a gift which also included a magnificent new trophy. The trophy will be awarded to the winner of a series made up from all races sailed at our 4 regattas.