Scilly’s Redwing Dinghies In Looe For Annual Championships

redwings tresco tackScilly’s redwing sailors are in the Cornish resort of Looe this week, representing the islands in the annual championships.

Around 240 of the traditional wooden dinghies were built starting in the 1930’s and a lot have been destroyed or rotted away.

But in the last few years there’s been significant interest in restoring and racing the boats.

James Vickers-Fletcher says it’s the largest redwing championships since the 1960’s with 24 boats from Cornwall, North Devon, Tenby and Southampton taking part.

The are four entries from Scilly – Shag, Venus, Ballerina and Fantastic.

Last year’s event was in Brittany and three island boats went over.

Keith and Ned Buchanan came third overall in their newly built redwing, Shag. They also picked up a trophy for winning one of the six races.

James says the wind picked up during the two races yesterday and there were breakages for Venus and Fantastic.

He says they’ve still got four more races to prove what they can do, as Sunday’s sailing didn’t bring Scilly the results they wanted.

While Keith did well in Shag in the first race, coming 8th and beating the champion of the last three years, Venus was further down in 16th with Ballerina in 21st.

James’ boat Fantastic was 19th after breaking a stay.

James says the attendees are enjoying a solid week of sailing and they’re looking forward to coming to Scilly in 2016.

The event alternates between Looe, France, Tenby and St Mary’s and next year we’re the hosts.