7th Dec, 2016

Double victory for Arden sailer David Bryden

Evesham Editorial 25th May, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

DAVID BRYDEN completed a winning double in the latest races at Arden Sailing Club in Defford.

Despite light winds and rain, Bryden, sailing a Heron, took first place in the fourth round of the Pursuit series and then was first in the afternoon’s long-distance Strensham series.

In a Pursuit the slowest boat starts first with faster boats following on behind. Bryden in the Heron set off first, with Tricia Wood and Robin Evans in the pair of Comets starting nine minutes later.

Despite the light winds Bryden made steady progress and was in little danger of being caught. Behind a close race ensued between the Comet crews but the experience of Wood shone through at the end.

The second race of the day was the fourth in the long distance Strensham series. However, due to the drifting conditions in the first race coercion was required to get the helms moving again after lunch.

Three boats were persuaded back onto the water, Bryden in the Heron, Wood in the Comet and Stephen in the Enterprise.

All three boats hit the line together with Stephen in the Enterprise pulling away in the faster boat. The wind came and went persuading Wood in the Comet that enough was enough after the first lap.

Bryden and Stephen hung in there and were rewarded with increasing wind which was eventually the undoing of Stephen who having pulled away to nearly a half a lap ahead of Bryden finished his three laps, only to see Bryden sweep home on the freshening breeze pipping him by some 50 seconds when the handicap corrections where taken into account.

Stephen was second, with Wood third.