Action from the weekend's racing. Credit: Steve Gilboy

Paignton Sailing Club hosts weekend of Topper coaching and racing

Torbay Weekly

The South West Toppers were at Paignton Sailing Club for a weekend of coaching and racing.

On the Saturday morning, the sailors were met with champagne conditions – sun, breeze and beautiful scenery.

RYA regional training group head coach Jack Mitchell and coaches Jack Miller and Mark Ripley split the sailors into three groups and they spent the majority of the day practising the little bits of sailing that each sailor felt that they needed to improve upon.

Four races were sailed. Credit: Steve Gilboy
Four races were sailed. Credit: Steve Gilboy

The groups finished the day by taking part in some mini races practising the skills learnt earlier in the day.

The sun was shining for the racing day on Sunday.

Four races were sailed and Thomas Semmens from Brixham Yacht Club/Paignton Sailing Club, with three firsts was the overall winner with Huw Beare from Starcross YC coming second with three second places.

Tom Smith from Stoke Gabriel Boating Association came first in the smaller 4.2 sail.

Joining the race course were also a pod of dolphins to the delight of the sailors and the mark laying team.

Young sailors were joined by a pod of dolphins. Credit: Steve Gilboy
Young sailors were joined by a pod of dolphins. Credit: Steve Gilboy

A fabulous weekend sailing on the beautiful waters of Tor Bay.

For any Topper sailor interested in further coaching and taking part in boat-specific racing around the South West area, then please visit the Topper website

Those interested in learning to sail, then Paignton Sailing Club are running both a junior and adult learn to sail courses next month. Interested, then visit the website: