Results Day 1: Race 1 - Sponsored by Selden.

Results Day 1: Race 1 - Sponsored by Selden.

21st May, 2012

A superb looking fleet of 24 Southerly's raced out from Plymouth Sound today heading West along the coast in the first race of this year's annual Southerly Regatta. The fleet started in a brisk North Easterly breeze, a perfect direction for many boats to hoist gennakers and cruising chutes alike, as they reached down and around Rame head.

As the boats approached St George's island just South of Looe, the wind eased and backed momentarily making for a frustrating couple of hours as the fleet strived to position themselves in good tide towards Fowey. Before too long, the wind came all the way round and built quickly off the land, so by mid-afternoon they were again racing steadily along the coast, this time, hard on the wind.

With strong tides and the wind up to a F4 with Gusts off the land, spectators witnessed an exciting finish to a great first days racing as the fleet short tacked up through the narrow entrance to the picturesque Fowey harbour and finished across the Royal Fowey Yacht Club line.

In order of boats finishing across the line: Gneiss Fantasy - Southerly 46 - Malcolm & Claire King Volaré - Southerly 47 – Rupert & Rosie Dorey Distraction- Southerly 38 – Derek & Janet Gill Wind Rose – Southerly 110 – Chris & Sarah Elphick Sheer Indulgence - Southerly 38 - Robert & Sue Evans