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Dartmouth Regatta round-up

After endless weeks of calm conditions and light winds, The 2014 Royal Dartmouth Regatta was characterised by strong winds and challenging conditions!  

The 1-day delivery to Dartmouth left a day early to avoid strong winds on Bank Holiday Monday – and the crew enjoyed the company of dolphins en-route! The Wednesday training day was reduced to an afternoon as the morning was blowing gale force winds, with wind speeds frequently around 25 knots and recorded upto 37 on Friday. Quite a baptism of fire for our new teams!

Galahad Logic, skippered by Tim Thubron and with a crew of individuals, many of whom raced at Dartmouth last year, showed consistent performance throughout the week – with positions mainly between 5-7th in class. The racing was competitive, with some high-quality, regular race crews providing excellent competition and the team finished in 6th at the end of the regatta.

Arthur Logic, skippered by Olly Norris were mostly new and inexperienced racers and tough racing was made even more challenging when the boom on their Beneteau First 40 broke on Day 2. The Sailing Logic shore crew jumped into action and managed to secure a spare boom by the end of the day and arranged for an overnight courier to take it to Dartmouth. The new boom was fitted by 8.30am on Saturday morning and the team resumed racing for the weekend!

Despite the dramas on the water due to the strong winds, Dartmouth Regatta was still buzzing with a carnival atmosphere and the picturesque town hosted rowing and swimming races in addition to the yacht racing, plus a display from RAF Chinook helicopter and the always impressive Red Arrows fly-by! 

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