The forecast looked a little light and the team could be forgiven for thinking that this could affect turnout. However, the sun shone, the breeze held and the visitors came in good numbers. There were 14 travelling RS800 teams and one home RS800 plus 11 travelling Scorpion teams. A combined total of 52 competitors and 26 boats.
The welcoming team on the beach completed a superb job organising the arrivals and keeping the beach traffic flowing for all users. Most people involved enjoyed a hard-earned bacon butty and tea once all the teams were settled.
3 races were planned for Saturday afternoon. However, with half an eye on Sunday's forecast, the race team set about completing 4 of the scheduled 6 races for the event. Turning 4 races around inside 4 hours for not one but two classes was excellent for the competitors and showed off the sailing clubs slick race management.
Clearly, the competitors enjoyed it as the Chilli and Shepherds pie was lapped up with post racing beverages. The club was buzzing with activity as the catering and bar teams worked hard to keep everything flowing. It must have been a good night if the overnight race leader was spotted doing a Jaeger Bomb in the Barrel at Midnight!
Sunday dawned with the possibility of no wind. The 10:30 am start threatened to be toosoon for any wind to appear. However, the sea breeze settled in extra early and racing got underway after only a small delay. A further 2 races completed the race programme just in time for everyone to enjoy a particularly lovely spread of cake. Full results can be found here
Further photos and report in Yachts And yachting here
I think we can all be rightly proud of our village and club after this weekend. Summed up nicely by the email below from the RS800 class association rep. What a fantastic event!
Many thanks for sending the results over.
A huge thank you to all the team at Beer SC for putting on such a fantastic open meeting last weekend. The RS800 fleet always enjoys coming to Beer and this year again proved why!
Please pass on our thanks to all of your race team for their very slick race management and getting us 6 good races in the available weather window.
To all those who must have worked so hard getting the beach organised for the extra boats and helping us up & down the beach each day and meeting us with our trolleys - that was really appreciated.
The warm welcome from all at the club is so nice and the team who toiled to provide us lovely food & tea all day then beers in the evening did such a great job - thank you! I think I would have difficulty keeping my husband away if you advertised an open meeting without any racing but just cakes on Sunday - he's been looking forward to those for weeks!
I hope you continue to have a fantastic summer's sailing at Beer and hopefully, the club will be willing to host the RS800 fleet again in a couple of years time? We would love to return.
Saturday 21st July (Tomorrow!) - 4pm on the beach for Splash Saturdays , get afloat in the sun and finsh it off with Pizza at the club.
Sunday 22nd July -Just a quick reminder that there is no racing at the club this Sunday due to Axe Regatta day. First race is at 11am on Sunday. You can sail across if you like, it's not very far!!! Let's turn out in force to support our local clubs.
Thursday 26th July - Paella Night, only a few places left!
Sunday 29th July - The next round of our Sunday Sailing and Lunch, come along to give it a go.