Sailing

Coquet Yacht Club

A record eight Coquet Yacht Club boats took part in the club’s Volador Plate yacht race in Alnmouth Bay on June 8.

In a skill-testing course, yachts used all their abilities in very light winds.

Competitors included the tiny 6.7-metre Kite sailed by father-and-son team Bob and Simon Leeming in their first-ever race and the 12.5-metre Medmerry II skippered by Amble Marina’s Allen Brunton.

Participants agreed it was a great day on the water, with many new to yacht racing joining the crews on a gloriously sunny day.

The course took in the Warkworth, Pan Bush and Birling marks.

The winner was Sanda Sund, skippered by Rich Hope with son Tom (aged eight) and Phil Derry as crew, in a corrected time of 1:53:27.

Rich and Tom travel 140 miles each way to join in the club’s sailing and social activities.

Coquet Yacht Club’s Phil Derry said: “This is the largest number of boats we’ve had in a race for many years and it’s great to see young and old alike get out on the water and enjoy the sport.

“It’s especially good to see complete novices like Bob and Simon giving it a go – they attended our recent yacht racing for beginners course and really put their learning into practice.

“Our membership is growing tremendously with lots of local people keen to join in our dinghy sailing and yachting activities.

“Our message: ‘No boat? – No problem!’ is really getting across. Coquet Yacht Club is on the move.”

You can see more about the race and dinghy sailing at www.coquet.org.uk