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Welland Yacht Club stage the Tulip Regatta

Wind was in short supply as seven boats lined up for Welland Yacht Club’s Tulip Regatta on Sunday.

With what little breeze there was coming straight up the river, the race started with a slow beat up the course.

Andy Prior, sailing a Laser, initially made the most of this and opened up a short lead from Tom Bell, also in a Laser, and Will Cook and Emma Hill making a welcome return in their Scorpion.

Welland Yacht Club sailors in Sunday’s Tulip Regatta.
Welland Yacht Club sailors in Sunday’s Tulip Regatta.

A short distance behind was Gerri van Haren in his Phantom but making up ground.

By the time Prior had rounded the top mark the wind had dropped off completely making the return a slow one.

When he had the clubhouse in sight, the wind started to fill in from the top of the course allowing Bell, Cook, Hill and van Haren all to close the gap right up but Prior still managed to round the bottom mark shortly ahead to take the line and overall honours.

Bell took second spot only 30 seconds behind while Cook came in a minute back very closely followed by van Haren who again held their finishing places once the handicaps were applied.

Following these the remainder of the fleet came in bunched together with Alan Cox (Laser) slipping back to sixth spot followed by Neal Tack and Rebecca Slater in their Graduate who moved up to fifth with Clive Herd seventh

The wind had increased slightly by the time race two started allowing the fleet to make better ground up the river.

Race action from Sunday’s Tulip Regatta.
Race action from Sunday’s Tulip Regatta.

For the first 50 metres, Prior, Bell, Cook and Hill were locked in a tacking duel but by the first bend Prior had been able to take advantage of a favourable wind shift to break clear of the chasing pack.

Once clear he was able to extend the lead to take first place by a comfortable margin.

Bell came in second with Cox third slightly ahead of Cook and Hill with Herd finishing fifth and Tack-Slator sixth. The result would remain the same as the finishing order once handicaps were applied.

With trophies for the first three spots, it was Prior who took first with Bell second and Cook and Hill third.

Anyone wanting to find out more about sailing should email the club at secretary@wellandyachtclub.co.uk

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