Bell claims overall victory in Tulip Regatta

Tulip Regatta
Tulip Regatta

A total of 12 boats took to the line for race one of the annual Tulip Regatta at the Welland Yacht Club on Sunday in an ever increasing wind.

Andy Prior in his Laser took first place from Tom Bell and Ros Nickols by a short margin.

But as the wind increased Bell, using the smaller Radial rig on his Laser, managed to reverse places one and two.

This meant the regatta would be decided on the final race and as boats jostled for the best starting place Prior managed to capsize his Laser on the start line with seconds to go which was then run into by the Graduate of Neal Tack and Rebecca Slater, resulting in a hole in the side of the Graduate and a retirement.

Prior righted the boat but was 100 yards behind the leaders.

He eventually caught Bell, only to capsize again meaning Bell took the race and the overall regatta from Prior, with Nickols in third.

Emma Agar took a well-deserved fourth place sailing a reefed Topper.

The club’s annual open day is on Sunday, May 15, from 11.30am to 4pm with a chance to try sailing.