Friday 27 May 2011

Royal Lymington Classic & Gaffers

The Royal Lymington YC held their Classics & Gaffers Regatta last weekend. We had planned to take "Tosh" our cat boat over to sail out and watch the racing, but after a long week at work Saturday morning was a slow start, and then we stopped off for breakfast and then Joe went to play on the swings.... Fortunately we were there in time to see some of the fleet making their way out of the river.
Some of the local XOD fleet were joining in, here No 16 sails off her mooring in near perfect conditions.

A local boat which I recognise but can't for the life of me remember what she's called or what her history is.

Above another Lymington boat who's looks disguise her age, she's actually a modern design, built as a one off with a lifting bulb keel and fast, modern hull shape. Just look at that top mast.

This delightful day racer was getting a tow away from the moorings adjacent the RLYC club house.
All the best action took place out in the Solent where a sea breeze had got up, sadly the racing was a bit far away to see even from the balcony at Lymington Town Sailing Club.

I don't know if this boat was racing, but she's certainly pretty and either immaculately restored or a new build.

And while we were watching all the other classics Sailfish went past under full canvass.

There are some great pictures of the racing on the RLYC site.

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