Light winds plague Hollwell’s Summer Series

Action from day two of the Sunday Summer Series at Hollowell Sailing Club. Picture by Stewart Elder
Action from day two of the Sunday Summer Series at Hollowell Sailing Club. Picture by Stewart Elder

Hollowell Sailing Club hosted day one of its Saturday Summer Series and day two of the Sunday Summer Series.

Attendance was high for both events thanks to the warm weather but both days were were afflicted by very light winds.

In the Saturday competition, around 20 boats took part in the two afternoon races.

Gerry Burnham, in his Solo, took first race with young Toby Caldwell, sailing a Topper, coming in second while Ian Clark, in his Laser, picked up third spot.

In the second race, wind speeds slowed even further. However, the more experienced sailors managed to plot a course between the marks, which didn’t involve them stopping.

It was Clark who finished first, followed closely by Mary Mallard in her Laser Radial and Anthony Stevens in his Solo.

Day two of the Sunday Summer Series saw a similar number of boats as the previous day competing on the Hollowell reservoir.

Again sailors were dogged by light winds, so starting well was a huge advantage.

The first race in the morning was won by Simon Cray in his Laser, beating both Clark and Solo sailor Keith Lancaster.

Mike and Helen Playle, in their RS200, claimed victory in the second, ahead of young Aaron Holman in his Laser 4.7 while Keith Lancaster took third.

In the final race of the day, the Playle Duo once again gained an early advantage and went on to win with Clark and Lancaster finishing second and third respectively.

After two days of racing, Clark is now leading the Sunday Summer Series, the Playle Duo are second and team Dunkley McCulloch are third.

This Sunday, Hollowell will be hosting the prestigious Laser and Solo Open.

Sailors from around the country are expected to attend the popular annual event and Hollowell’s finest are hoping to make an impression amongst the results.