The Allspars Final Fling, now in its sixth year, saw records broken. With 70 entries and 67 boats taking to the water for the two-day event, The Royal Western Yacht Club welcomed over 100 competitors from all over the country.
This year we saw a marked change in the format. With two committee boats the race teams were able to run four fleets over two separate courses spreading across the entire Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. This year also featured 2 key standalone events within the Allspars Final Fling being the final Southwest Topper traveller’s regatta of the year and the Phantoms added the Final Fling as their final traveller’s event to finish their season also.
The weekend saw spring tides and a mixture of wind conditions which kept the competitors and Race Committees on their feet throughout.
Saturday saw an out-going tide with a 15 – 20 mph NW wind which shifted right throughout the day, splitting the fleets across the sound. The Fast and Slow Handicap course was positioned South of Drakes Island while the Toppers and Phantoms had the area East of the main shipping channel in Jenny Cliff Bay. All fleets ran three back-to-back races, with small pauses between to allow commercial and naval movements to pass through the Port. Following their return to MDL’s Queen Annes Battery Marina the sailors all enjoyed a gathering at the club for daily prizes, food, and a sponsored Happy Hour from Allspars whilst catching up with the Rugby World Cup semi-finals!
Sunday saw a significant drop in wind and directional change which started in the North, veering to eventually settle in the East. Both fleets ventured further into Plymouth Sound to lessen any land effects. Conditions were tough for crews and race officers alike with 10–15-degree oscillations but patience and local knowledge prevailed, and the top-level racing enjoyed from the previous day continued. With three more races in the bag the fleet had completed a great weekend racing. Once packed and changed, retreated to the RWYC for food, drink and the overall prize giving.
Royal Western Yacht Club Commodore, Chris Arscott expressed his thanks to the competitors for travelling from all over the country to support the Allspars Final Fling, which is now seen as a key fixture in so many dinghy sailor’s calendar. Allspars Final Fling event director for the second year running, Sam Hannaford, added his thanks to everyone who has continued to sponsor and support the event throughout the years, not least Allspars as title sponsor and the Clubs landlords, MDL for their support in providing the excellent facilities.
Sam closed the event by adding, “The Allspars Final Fling goes from strength to strength and could not be continued without not only the support from the competitors, but its sponsors and volunteer base who all pull together to provide a safe, fun regatta both ashore and afloat. A special thank you to Allspars, Horizons Plymouth, Queen Anne’s Battery Marina and Plymouth University Sailing sector for all their efforts and support.”
Commodore, Chris Arscott finally commented, “Since the successful completion of the Allspars Final Fling regatta we are very pleased to say that 2 classes have so far expressed an interest in running their National Championships.”
With a proven formula, a spectacular setting and great race management, the Allspars Final Fling will feature once again in Plymouth Sound National Marine Park on the 19th and 20th October 2024.
For results in Topper, Phantoms, Fast and Slow Handicap, please go to https://halsail-1e484.kxcdn.com/Result/Public/75776
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