Tom’s still on top after a final race decider

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Tom Dryden, veteran and former national windsurfing champion, showed the youngsters how to do it at the second NEWS (North East Windsurfers) event of the season.

After two days and seven races on Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay, Tom had four firsts and three seconds, while young Pip Heywood had three firsts and four seconds.

Therefore, everything depended on the eighth and final race.

It was a close run thing, but Tom pipped Pip at the post, coming away with five firsts and three seconds, and making him overall winner.

Competitors were made up of Raceboard and Formula board sailors.

The wind was light on the Saturday, and much stronger and more gusty on the Sunday, making for varied and interesting conditions.

Ladyburn Lake is home to the Coquet Shorebase Trust, which has its main base on the Braid at Amble.

If you are inspired to take up windsurfing, sailing or kayaking, call the trust on 01665 710367.

All ages and abilities are welcome, and there is also sailing for people with disabilities.

NEWS Results were as follows: 1st Tom Dryden, 2nd Philip Heywood, 3rd Ali Claydon, 4th Dave Dobson, 5th Bruce Scott, 6th Leo Takiguchi, 7th Susan Benbow, 8th Gus Takiguchi.