Sailors enjoy warmest Boxing Day for years

PUBLISHED: 09:31 06 January 2017




Sailors from Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club enjoyed mild weather for the annual Boxing Day race on Cheddar Reservoir.

More than 30 sailors from Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club enjoyed mild weather and sunshine for the annual Boxing Day race on Cheddar Reservoir.

The wind was fresh enough for even the heaviest sailors to have to sit out or trapeze to keep their boats flat and work off that Christmas turkey, while the shifty conditions led to an early bath for some.

There were many classes of dinghies represented, reflecting the diversity of the sailing that takes place at the club. Boats included single handed Solos and Lasers, assymmetric RS200s and RS800, both traditional and foiling N12s and the classic Osprey, Lark, Enterprise and Wayfarer.

However, the star of the day, attracting lots of attention on and off the water was the elegant Redwing, a traditional clinker built 14-foot dinghy, sailed by new club members Eric and Katy.

After the race, sailors, families and supporters were treated to complimentary mulled wine and mince pies and carols played on the violin by Abi Campbell.

Winners of the coveted Boxing Day Bowl were Izzy Savidge and Paul Sheep Williams in their RS200, closely followed by N12 sailors Gavin Willis and Toby Dawkins in second and Garry and Richard Packer in third, sailing their Lark.

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