Dugdale battles through to win Hong Kong title and overcome Yeomans

Action from Snowflakes. Photo: IAN SYMONDS

Action from Snowflakes. Photo: IAN SYMONDS - Credit: Archant

Wind, sun and highly competitive sailing, this was the day the dinghy sailors had been crying out to enjoy at Snowflake SC.

Action from Snowflakes. Photo: IAN SYMONDS

Action from Snowflakes. Photo: IAN SYMONDS - Credit: Archant

Sunday was two all-class races with handicaps applied and in the glorious conditions made the best Sunday of the winter season so far.

Action from Snowflakes. Photo: IAN SYMONDS

Action from Snowflakes. Photo: IAN SYMONDS - Credit: Archant

Five Yeoman blasted over off the starting line first, some so aware of the winds they had unfurled genoas. This did not last and inside one circuit the bravest raised spinnakers before frantically pulling them in for the tight turn at the clubhouse.

Action from Snowflakes. Photo: IAN SYMONDS

Action from Snowflakes. Photo: IAN SYMONDS - Credit: Archant

A few minutes later a highly charged group of three full rigged Lasers, four radial Lasers and a Splash flew over the line and chased the Yeoman.

Action from Snowflakes. Photo: IAN SYMONDS

Action from Snowflakes. Photo: IAN SYMONDS - Credit: Archant

It's quite rare to see crews fighting Yeoman that are keeling over so far the rudder and keel are clear in the water.


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The Hong Kong Trophy was even more sensational as the Yeoman pulled out experience, every inch of sail area and they still couldn't quite match the flying Lasers with a win.

James Dugdale won the trophy in Laser 146420. As he passed the clubhouse on each circuit James sounded as if he was in pain, this was simply the sheer effort of keeping a full rig Laser up and flying along. Ian and Michelle Patience in Yeoman Evolution broke the dinghy stranglehold in second on the day with Gary Ross and Steve Dixon in Yeoman Topaz taking third.

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The Lasers planed down the river with bow-waves making them look more like speed boats than sail boats.

Handicaps applied and the winner of the Ramuz Trophy was Chris Haslam in Laser radial Bees Knees sporting a very smart Singaporean flag on the sail. James Dugdale was second in Laser 146420, third was Nathan Ackroyd in Laser 72291.

The conditions and the tighter sailing saw the Yeoman relegated to fourth, fifth and sixth.

After lunch four Lasers, one full rig and three radials took to the wind and water for a final but incredible blast up and down the river.

Richie Dugdale in Smoke on the Water flew through first, James Dugdale in the full rig 146420 Laser came a very close second; Chris Haslam in Bees Knees and Will Symonds in Buster third and fourth respectively.

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