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The Jarvis Duo Win the South West Pursuit Challenge at Wimbleball Lake

Colin Jarvis, crewed by Derek Jarvis in their winning Fireball

The South West Challenge Series consists of three long-distance pursuit races for mono-hulled dinghies held at different locations around the region. To compete in the series, sailors must race in all three events in the same boat with the same crew.

The Starcross Steamer had nearly 100 starters!

It is fair to say, the 2017 series was one of attrition, with challenging and blustery conditions at all three events, making for an captivating open series. We began on 5th February with the Starcross Steamer, where close to 100 boats made the start. Next up was the Roadford Rocket on the 26th February that was battered by Storm Ewan, and the series ended at Wimbleball Lake for the gusty Exmoor Beastie that c

laimed several gear breakages on the 19th March.

The overall series result was incredibly close, with just two points separating the top two finishers. A hard fought 2nd place in the Beastie was so nearly enough for Phantom sailor Simon Hawkes from Wimbleball SC, but in the end Simon had to settle for second behind the Fireball of Colin Jarvis, (crewed by Derek Jarvis) from Portishead Y&SC, who took the series with a 13th at Starcross, 2nd at Roadford and 8th at Wimbleball.

The Roadford Rocket

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Jarvis team however. Colin thought he had blown the race and the series on day one, when a disastrous 4minute capsize left them flailing at the back of the Steamer.

Ian Horlock from Exe SC, sailing a Supernova, also had a tricky time at the Steamer, finishing in 25th place. It took two impressive 5th places at the Rocket and Beastie to elevate him to an overall third place finish in the Series.

Emma Stevenson from Weymouth SC sailing in an Osprey (crewed by Ben Hawkes) took fourth overall and was the top finishing female helm in the series, beating the Fireball of Hannah Showell (crewed by James Beer) from Starcross YC by just 9 points.

The top Junior in the series was Andrew Frost from Sutton Bingham SC in an RS Aero.

For the full report of each event, head to

The Blazes get going in the Exmoor Beastie

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