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Following the Tamar Bridge Race Graham submitted the following article to the Tavistock Times Gazette:

In almost perfect sailing conditions, 21 helm and crew in 12 boats competed in the annual Charity Tamar Bridge race for the Tony Newman Trophy. The average time was just over 11/2 hours and with only 4 minutes on corrected time separating the first 5 boats, it was a close run event. The Force 2-3 breeze from the SW set the fleet off, close hauled to the mouth of the Tavy where a few succumbed to the mud and others tacked furiously to gain the upper hand before rounding the Bridge and the return downwind leg, going upstream to Weir Quay. The proud winner, again! Steve Kirby our very own Cadet co-ordinator who retains the trophy. Will we ever prize it out of his grasp?


Thanks go to James and Julie Platts who, together with Steve Kirby’s brother-in-law, Steve Payne, kept a watchful eye on proceedings from the safety boats, and to Dr Royston Selman for ably assisting with committee boat duties. Thanks also to Patsy Bennett and Angie Donoghue for registering everyone and for wielding the stopwatch. Competitors paid £5 to enter the race, a total of £105 will be donated to the RNLI.


Helm Results [1] Steve Kirby [2] Chris Coomber [3] Sophie Dandy [4] Arthur Argyles [5] Allan Seward [6] Graham Reed [7] Richard Platts [8] Steve  Hipsey [9] John Madar [10] Jack Fillan [11] Stuart and Frank [12] Sue Coomber

The following article covering Dinghy Race #3 was submitted to the Tavistock Times Gazette on 26 October 2015

The final event of the Weir Quay Sailing Club dinghy racing programme on Saturday 24th October was a ‘blast!’  In contrast to the previous two races, when the lack of wind was the reason

that no one crossed the finish-line. This last race helped crown Steve Kirby and crew, Aaron Kirby as the series winner and only boat to finish. Publicity Officer, Graham Reed

did not start after gear problems prompted four quick capsizes and a limp back to shore. Chris & Sue Coomber in the Comet, Richard Platts & Sam Madar in the Laser 2, Jo Coomber

in the Europe, Sophie Dandy in the Laser Radial and Gary & Judy Strong with John Madar in the Wayfarer all started but were forced to retire as the near-gale blowing down the Tamar blew the fleet away. Thanks go all the crews in the safety boats who were kept at full stretch in righting and rescuing those dinghies.


Overall, the racing season was characterised by the extremes; two windless races, two blow-outs and a perfect race day as a fulcrum to balance the 2015 record. The Friday Training

evenings have proved their worth by the improved abilities and commitment from the cadets. We anticipate that that 2016 will bring more enthusiastic racing to the Tamar.

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National fame at last.  The article below appeared in the Guardian on 20 April 2016 (With thanks to Ian and Liz Kilpatrick for spotting and scanning it.)