Easter Tankard

‘Easter Sunday provided the opportunity for the members of the Llandudno Sailing Club to compete for the oldest trophy within the club’s sailing programme, the Easter Tankard.

The weather was again kind to the sailors with a steady breeze, gradually building in strength during the morning. The water was a little more choppy than the previous weekend which meant that, with luck, there would be the chance to surf the waves when heading down wind.

Kevin Parvin, taking his turn as Race Office, provided three excellent trapezoid courses, making a slight adjustment after the first race of the three to include an outer loop. The challenge for any sailor targeting winning this trophy would be to remain consistent across all three races.

There were occasional challenges from some sailors within single races, namely Rob Davies in the first race and John Brown in the second. However, lack of time this season on the water for Rob and a shock capsize from John in the final race put paid to their hopes of appearing on the podium.

Sailing, almost under the radar, during the morning Peter Fisk in his Solution improved his position within each race to take an overall third. This left the experienced Paul Moreton in his Supernova to compete against the junior pairing of Kevin and Liam Farrell in their RS Feva.

Paul won the first race but then a momentary lapse of concentration in the second allowed the Farrell brothers to win through on handicap. All to race for in the final leg! Paul’s upwind speed pitted against the downwind speed of the Feva. On this day experience won out, with Paul winning the final race and the Easter Tankard. One has the feeling that this rivalry of experience against youth will be a regular feature of this season’s sailing programme.’

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