A TOTAL of 50 boats took part in a highly successful and competitive regatta at Coniston Sailing Club.

Three racing fleets, the fast fleet (PY Below 1050), the second fleet (PY above 1050) and Fleet 3, made up of five juniors, began a sunny first day with a South Westerly F3 to 4 which later steadied to a F4 building to F5.

There were similar conditions on the second day until the wind started gusting F6/7 just before the start, and the tough conditions were reflected in the fact that nearly every boat capsized at some point during the race, and the decision was made to cancel the remaining two races for the day.

However, the final days saw calmer conditions and excellent racing with the lead changing hands throughout before the event drew to a close with a prize-giving ceremony when the Commodore thanked Lennon Racewear for their continued generous sponsorship.

Winners were: Fleet 1- 1st Mike Preston & Joe Preston, Flying Fifteen, Blackpool & Fleetwood, 2nd Rob Shaw & Ian Little, Osprey, Kielder, 3rd Tony Johnson & Paul Jones, Kestrel, Coniston, 4th Alec Mamwell & Arthur, Osprey, Coniston. Fleet 2 1st Tom Burke, Laser Radial, Coniston, 2nd George Swyer, Laser Radial, Coniston, 3rd Ben Swyer, Laser Radial, Coniston, 4th Sam Jones, Laser, Coniston, 5th Joe Quick, Solo, Coniston, 6th Stephen Roberts, Laser 4.7, West Lancs, 7th Peter Dewhurst & Patrick Hamilton/Andrew Davey, Burwain. Fleet 3 (Junior) 1st John Bridgeman, RS Tera Sport, Coniston, 2nd Grace Culling, Topper, Coniston. Tom Marsham Shield – Mike & Joe Preston. Wave Trophy – Tom Burke. Gondola (Best Coniston boat) – Tom Burke. Hughie Carroll (Best Junior) – John Bridgeman.