Hythe, September 6-7, 2014. Report by Andy Gibson
Snipe Dinghies return to Hythe
The snipe class dinghy fleet last raced at Hythe and Saltwood for their national championships in 1985 and it was great to see them return there on the first weekend in September.
The competitors were very fortunate with warm sunshine on both days which made being at the seaside a joy. Very light winds were forecast but a small sea breeze meant racing was still was able to take place close to the beach with all 8 boats enjoying excellent close racing.
The southeastern snipe fleet were joined by competitors from the other two large UK fleets – Budworth in Cheshire and Stromness in Orkney.
Ian and Cecile Gregory from London worked brilliantly together securing four wins from 5 races to secure a very impressive victory. This is the first open meeting they have won and they definitely did it in style!
This is also the first Snipe Open where we have had two junior crews sailing as part of the fleet for a very long time. Both Jenna Gibson with Lorna Graham from Hythe and Matt Wolstenholme with Lloyd Roberts from West Kent, were always in contention and sailed really well.
Name Overall position
Ian Gregory & Cecile Gregory 1
Mark Antonelli & Eric Paalman 2
Maxim Romain & Sue Roberts 3
Liz Pike & Pete Tipler 4
Matt Wolst’me & Pete / Lloyd Roberts 5
Andy Gibson & Carol Gibson 6
Jenna Gibson & Lorna Graham 7
Brian Gregory & Tony Wyatt 8