Hotels Trophy

Llandudno sailing club last Sunday competed over three races for the Hotels Trophy. Club juniors and adult members from other boat classes were attending championships running around the country. These absences meant that the fleet was reduced for this challenge, however, competition would be extremely close as the remaining competitors consisted of speedy Laser class sailors, apart from Kevin Parvin competing in his Supernova.

After two fairly even races everything was to play for in the third race. With the wind building in strength the competition would be as fierce as the conditions. As luck would have it Kevin dropped out of contention when a rather spectacular capsize under the shadow of the Little Orme encouraged an early retirement. Suffering the same dramatic experience Mark Jackson also lost his chance to challenge with a similarly entertaining dunk around the same point one lap later. Although, it’s fair to state that his earlier swim at the start of the third race had already made any real challenge unlikely.

This left the trio of John Brown, veteran Rob Davies and Joe Shelley to fight out the places. The two other novice sailors in the fleet, Tracy Bond and Simon Bond acquitted themselves with due credit, although they faced their own battle to see who would be best of the rest. Tracy coming out on top and winning admiration from the safety crew for her unflinching resilience in righting in her boat even after the sixth capsize of the morning.

The battling trio swopped places throughout the third race, never more than ten metres away from each other and having to recover quickly from any mistakes. Real Laser class sailing at its best. By the end of the final hooter John Brown had just eased ahead from the much improved Rob Davies with Joe Shelly just slipping back into third. An exhausted John winning through overall after the three race series.

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