Closest finish in years to “Naburn Paddle” event at Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club
The overall winner of Sunday 7 June’s open event for National 12 Class racing dinghies, home sailor Philip David, was pushed all the way by visiting competitor, David Peacock. In Race 1 of the three race series, for over an hour the lead change repeatedly until Philip David pulled out a couple of boat lengths clear which he held on to, winning round 1.
Race 2 and despite confusion at the start, it was battle on again. More lead changes and incredibly close racing and coming up to the finish line, Philip David, was stalled in the gusty conditions while David Peacock was charging up from behind. Sadly for Peacock, Philip just had enough momentum to cross the line, his bow only one foot ahead of Peacock’s. With 2 races from 3 to count, Philip David’s 2 wins gained him the Trophy, but Peacock went on to a consolation win in the final race.
Further back in the fleet there were private battles between other competitors with stars being Simon Moss and his first time young crew Mollie who managed third in Race 2 and were holding second in the final race before a capsize in front of the drinkers at the Ship Inn, Acaster Malbis, dropped them to fourth at the finish.
Sunshine, cakes (reputedly baked by Club Commodore Pete Lee) and prize-giving on the lawn in bright sunshine concluded a highly enjoyable day.
Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club is holding a Press & Guests Day at the Club in Naburn on Saturday 11th July from 4pm. Come for a sail or just to soak up the atmosphere by the lovely riverside location and enjoy a barbecue as guests of the Club.