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Big turnout for annual Thames yacht race
3:39pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
A TOTAL of 46 dinghies competed in the Greenwich Yacht Club-organised London regatta on the Greenwich stretch of the Thames.
The annual one-day full-closure test of the Thames Barrier made the river a temporary non-tidal waterway with no through traffic.
Three racing tracks were set out on the river between the Thames Barrier and the O2 Arena.
Five classes of dinghies from seven sailing clubs were allocated to a race track and all boats had three or four races.
Light winds on a warm and sunny day delayed the start, but when the wind had picked up enough, the racing began soon after 11am.
The winners in boat class were: Bosun - Ed Britton and William Farnhill-Bain (Greenwich Yacht Club), Pico - Noah Trutzig-Ruddock (Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre), Topper - Leila Moore (Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre), Vision - Broadie McBride (The Ahoy Centre), Feva - James Haddock and William Wilding (Erith Yacht Club).
Race director Hal Andrews said: “Despite light winds, which ensured very safe sailing for all competitors, we are glad the warm weather allowed everyone to enjoy the event so much.
“Greenwich Yacht Club thanks everyone for entering and we look forward to welcoming even more competitors next year.”
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