Cheddar Reservoir host winter championships

Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club has a full programme of events and races planned.

BRISTOL Corinthian Yacht Club at Cheddar Reservoir hosted the Winter Championships for the single-handed OK class dinghy.

Eighteen competitors from as far away as Morecambe Bay took part in the event and with a north east breeze coming over the Mendips, the racing was held in unpredictable wind shifts, varying in both strength and direction. The result was three challenging races, especially with the stronger afternoon breeze.

Former world champion and current national champion, Jim Hunt from Blithfield, Sailing Club, dominated the event, winning two out of three races and the event, but he did not have things all his own way, with local club member, 21-year-old Mark Billowes taking race two by a significant margin.

Second and third places overall were taken by visitors Terry Curtis and Simon Cowood, but home club sailor Ian Harris, who lives in Axbridge, helped uphold the club honour, taking fourth place with Mark Billowes in fifth overall.

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The club has a full programme of events and races planned for the year ahead at Cheddar Reservoir.

There is a variety of club events for dinghies and windsurfing, plus some open days for beginners.

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