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High winds and high energy at the 2008 sailing regatta

A fleet of 36 boats took to the water for some exciting and close racing in gusty conditions at Rutland Sailing Club late last month for the 2008 Construction Industry Regatta sponsored once again by consultant Pick Everard.

After three hard fought races in winds of up to force 4 (Beaufort Scale), top honours went to David Hayes and Sean Dwyer in their B14 dinghy when they secured a dramatic victory in the final race of the day.

The pair narrowly fended off the challenge from Matt Aston of Costain in his single-handed Contender dinghy. Aston won the first race but was then forced into second place in races 2 and 3 by Hayes and Dwyer.

Third place went to C Chandler after battling through the tricky conditions to deliver with consistent performances in the afternoon racing in his International Canoe dinghy.

Top team on the day was the all-Phantom dinghy Seabrook A team of Alan Burrell, Tyler Harmsworth and Paul Beesley. David Hayes also won best placed over 45 year old helm in the regatta.

The event was hosted by Rutland Water Sailing Club and organised by Jonathan Adams of Pick Everard, who returned a series of respectable mid-table finishes in his Laser dinghy.

"It was great to see so many competitors this year and some very competitive sailing," said Adams.

"But we want more boats at next year’s regatta so industry sailors should put the date in their diaries now –3 July 2009 at Rutland Water again."

NCE editor Antony Oliver also took part this year’s regatta but was forced to retire to the clubhouse early after suffering catastrophic boat failure.

Click here to view a slideshow of images from the event.

For information on entering next years regatta visit

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