Carsington event produces some fine competition

Weather conditions provided a fabulous day’s racing for the Derbyshire Youth Sailing 2011 Peak Dinghy Spares Series event at Carsington Sailing Club.

A fair breeze of between 12 and 16 knots, that was swinging and shifting, provided the necessary challenges for the county’s youth sailors to enjoy racing against each other in the mixed fleet entry of 38 boats.

It was another great day’s racing for Swarkestone SC member Callum Lambourn as he raced to another convincing victory in this year’s series.

Race Officer Mike Haynes said: “The wind conditions today meant changes for the race course for each of the three races but the sailors coped brilliantly with the conditions.

“We had quite a few of the Carsington SC junior fleet racing in their first DYS event and they certainly showed their training was being put to good use. They were very impressive.”

The first race of the day saw brother and sister team Matthew and Emma Metcalfe-Smith from Ogston SC take a win in their Albacore dinghy with Ben Steel of Ogston SC in his OK coming second and Guy Bracey from Carsingston SC in his Laser Radial coming third.

After lunch, Callum Lambourn in his Laser 4.7 dominated the second race with Joshua Haynes of Trent Valley SC in his Optimist posting a second place and the Metcalfe-Smith siblings coming in third.

The final race of the day was sailed straight after the second, once the course direction had been adjusted to suit the swinging wind.

The third race saw a one-two for Swarkestone SC as Sam McKay in his Topper took the race win and Callum Lambourn came in second followed by Joshua Haynes in third place.

Full results are available on the website.

There is plenty of time for other racing youth sailors to join in the fun at the rest of the series’ events.

The next event is on Saturday, July 16 at Toddbrook SC near Whaley Bridge and is sure to be a popular occasion.

Pre-register on The series, racing at County level, provides a great opportunity to travel to other nearby clubs and get a taste for what can lie ahead as youth sailors venture out onto the regional, national and international racing circuits.