Redwing Sailors Enjoying Ideal Conditions

The islands’ hospitality has been impressing the visiting Redwing sailors, according to the organisation’s national secretary.

Today is the fourth day of the week-long sailing championship, using the distinctive wooden dinghies with red sails.

Sixteen boats are taking part this year and joining the local fleet are two boats from Pembrokeshire, and crew from Oxford and Poole, although the majority of boats have come from Looe, where the boats were first built in 1939.

The event moves around the country and will be in Tenby next year. We’re hosting it for the fourth time since 2004 and the sailors will be back here the year after or in 2015.

There are meant to be two races each day but the weather caused disruption on Monday.

Today is a layover day so they’ll be catching up with the schedule on Thursday.

Bill Dowell says, despite the stormy weather on the Bank Holiday, Scilly offers perfect conditions for the races. He says the boats are designed for rough seas and they’ve had some excellent sailing during their time here.

Bill says dinghy sailing can be quite an expensive hobby, but Redwings change hands for quite reasonable sums. Although he says, being wooden, they do take some looking after.

The Redwing association held their AGM on Porthcressa beach yesterday and Bill says it makes a change from a more formal setting of a meeting room.