Streaker Open Meeting at Hykeham SC Saturday 18 May 2019
Bearing in mind the forecast of very light winds for the Streaker Open meeting on the 18 May there was a good turnout. 15 boats took to the water for the first race and making a good start and finding clean air was vital. Martin Pentry (Beaver SC) and Andy Bayliss (Hykeham SC) did just that and led from start to finish to take 1st and 2nd places. Behind them Veronica Falat (Waveney & Oulton Broad YC) and Paul Jago (Attenborough SC) contested 3rd and 4th place throughout the race with Veronique eventually taking 3rd.
During lunch the little wind there was completed disappeared and the start of the second race was delayed until around 2.30pm. After consulting the competitors race officer Steve Sallis set a short course to reflect the zephyr like winds which had veered 180 degrees.
Race 2 saw Martin Pentry again take an early lead which he never relinquished. There was much closer racing behind Martin though but it was Ian Bradley (Ouse Amateur SC) who took 2nd followed by Andy Bayliss and Paul Jago.
Race 3 followed immediately and this time Martin Pentry didn’t make a good start and was buried in mid-
With three first places Martin Pentry finished a clear first overall with Ian Bradley taking 2nd, Andy Bayliss 3rd and Paul Jago 4th.
Lincolnshire Under 19 Junior Championships 2019
21 boats competed in the annual U19 Lincolnshire Junior Sailing Championship. An event held every year on rotation by competing clubs. This year’s host was Covenham Sailing Club on Saturday 13th July.
Junior sailors from Covenham SC, Grimsby & Cleethorpes YC and Hykeham SC took part in this year’s event. Club stalwart Peter Bayliss organised and guided the Hykeham team to represent the club in the Under 14, under 16 fleet sailing Topper or Pico dinghies and the under 19 handicap fleet.
During the day 5 races were held with each race lasting about 30 minutes. The best 4 race results counting to determine the final positions.
The wind was perfect for both novice and experienced sailors with planing conditions on the downwind legs. These conditions made for competitive racing throughout the fleets with frequent position changing.
Hykeham SC was represented by Daniel Robertson and Austin Overton in the under 14 fleet, Oliver Naylor in the under 16 fleet and Nick Welbourn, Esme Thompson and William Naylor in the under 19 fleet. They were all proudly wearing the new Hykeham new rash vests with the club logo. (See the picture below) All the juniors had an enjoyable day and gave a good account of themselves, particularly as it was the first time sailing away from Hykeham for some of them.
Final positions for Hykeham team were:
Nick Welbourn -
Esme Thompson -
William Naylor -
Oliver Naylor -
Daniel Robertson -
Austin Overton -
The race committee designated Hykeham’s Austin Overton as Sailor of the Day because he always came up smiling and continuing racing after his multiple capsizes.
The 2020 event will be held at Hykeham 11th July
Wash Rivers Regatta 2019
On Sunday 6 October Hykeham Sailing Club hosted the annual Wash Rivers Regata. Bearing in mind the forecast of heavy rain and testing gusty winds it is pleasing to report that 18 boats participated covering 11 different classes of boat.
The rain held off for the event but the wind forecast was just about spot on with wind speeds varying between about 8 to 20 plus knots. The direction was also unstable with a veer of over 90 degrees between the first and last race.
The first race got under way at 11.30 am with Hykeham Team 2 sailors, Nick Welbourn, Robin Jones and Andy Bayliss taking 2nd, 4th and 1st place. Ouse Amateur Sailing Club’s (OASC) Ian Bradley took 3rd place.
Races 2 and 3 were held back to back in the afternoon and once again Hykeham 2 excelled in the 2nd race with Welbourn, Jones and Bayliss taking 3rd, 1st and 2nd respectively.
The final race saw little change at the front of the fleet with Welbourn, Jones and Bayliss finishing 1st, 4th and 2nd. OASC’s Ian Bradley finished off a consistently good set of results taking 3rd place.
The Hykeham 2 team of Nick Welbourn, Robin Jones and Andy Bayliss comfortably won the overall team prize with some outstanding sailing. In second place was the OASC A team of I Bradley, I Haynes and J Windback and in their place was Hykeham 1 represented by Barrie Watson, Jonti Mason and Alex Harding.
In the overall individual results Nick Welbourn was the winner, Andy Bayliss took 2nd and Robin Jones 3rd
Special thanks to race office Steve Sallis and his assistants Chris Bridle and Derek Bunnage who ran the event so efficiently in such testing shifty winds and to the galley ladies Zoe Ashley and Adrienne Hoddinott who gave up their time to provide the refreshments.