Combs regains bragging rights after High Peak Regatta win

Derbyshire Youth Sailing at Combs Sailing Club. Photo contributed.
Derbyshire Youth Sailing at Combs Sailing Club. Photo contributed.
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COMBS Sailing Club has reclaimed the local bragging rights after success in the annual High Peak Regatta.

The host club won back the High Peak Trophy earlier this month, successfully seeing off the challenge from the borough’s three other sailing clubs - Toddbrook, Errwood and defending champions Glossop.

Derbyshire Youth Sailing at Combs Sailing Club. Photo contributed.

Derbyshire Youth Sailing at Combs Sailing Club. Photo contributed.

In the first of three ‘pursuit’ races, the RS300’s of Combs sailors Paul Thompson and Andy Pyett finished first and third, with Glossop’s Sam Woods, in an Enterprise, sandwiched in between.

A slight change in conditions for the second race favoured the RS300s less. There were many inter-club battles throughout the fleets, with Woods finishing ahead of Louis Saunders from Combs in his very successful Lightning dinghy, and James Lucas, also from Combs, sailing the slowest boat in the race an RS Q’ba.

The wind moderated slightly for race three, with Saunders finishing ahead of Woods, and Alison Payne from Toddbrook Sailing Club in third.

Overall, Combs won back the High Peak Trophy, with Woods the most successful individual sailor.

Combs also hosted young sailors from across the county during a Derbyshire Youth Sailing event on Saturday May 12, featuring a variety of classes ranging from the boxy little Optimist up to the sleek Laser.

Callum Lambourne, from Burton Sailing Club, won the opening race in his Laser Radial, closely followed by Guy Bracey, from Carsington, in another Laser radial. Third place went to Toddbrook’s Lewis Coppinger, sailing a two-handed Graduate dinghy crewed by his brother Harrison.

The wind freshened a little for race two, capsizing some competitors but making for some exciting sailing. Coppinger headed the field, ahead of Trent Valley’s Josh Haynes and Adam Hart, from Ogston SC, sailing a Laser.

With no clear leader, it was all to play for in the final race and with Lambourne capsizing, Carsington’s Alice Woodings, in her Laser Radial, took the lead and sailed a perfect race only to be edged out by Haynes, with Guy Bracey in third.

Haynes was eventually declared the overall winner, with the Coppinger brothers in second place. Guy Bracey took third place, ahead of Woodings.