Burton sails to victory in frostbite series opener

Welland Yacht Club presentations ANL-161116-095514002
Welland Yacht Club presentations ANL-161116-095514002

Welland Yacht Club held their end of season award presentation evening on Saturday.

That was followed by the first race in the frostbite series on Sunday morning.

With members from neighbouring Witham Sailing Club joining for the series, there were 16 competitors in 13 boats taking part.

With sunshine and a moderate wind, race one could not have had a better start.

As the fleet dispersed up the course the fastest boats in front all tried to gain enough of a lead for when handicaps were applied.

The breeze picked up through the race but everyone managed to stay upright.

Through the mid fleet the mixture of slower boats with experienced helms against faster boats with less experienced helms allowed for several places to be exchanged.

With a good start, Paul Burton held the lead to the finish on the water and maintained that lead once handicaps were applied. The series will be decided by the best four results out of the seven race.

Result of the opening race: 1. Paul Burton, 2. Phil Robinson, 3. Alan Cox & Roger Ackroyd, 4. Ros Nickols

To find out more about sailing, contact the club via email at secretary@wellandyachtclub.co.uk

The award winners are pictured left.