Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta and Rally
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Brixham Heritage Sailing Rally Sept 25th 2021 by Chris Coote 
 
Brixham saw a whole fleet of historic and classic sailing vessels gather on the Town Pontoon courtesy of the Harbour Authority over the weekend of 25/26th September. The objective was to bring traditional rigged sailing vessels together for an end of season weekend of sailing, including a sail in company around Torbay led by our famous large sailing trawler, Vigilance BM76, originally built by Uphams at the location of the current town pontoon. 
 
Twelve boats took part with Vigilance leading the fleet out of Brixham harbour at 13.00 on Saturday for the sail in company. A large triangular course was set from Battery Point and out towards Goodrington followed by a mile run East to seaward before turning back towards Brixham harbour, making a fine sight for anyone around Torbay. Vigilance in the lead followed by the smaller working boats and yachts looked a little like a mother duck followed by her family of ducklings, all with traditional sailing rigs. These rigs ranged from tan sailed gaff rigged ketches cutters and yawls, junk rigs and the more modern triangular bermudan rig of classic yachts 
 
The weather was fine and dry but with very gentle breezes, which failed completely off Goodrington when the sun came out and it became really warm. The message from the committee boat RIB was to start engines and head seaward to find some breeze, which is exactly what happened with a gentle SE breeze filling in, just right for a sailing return to Brixham. After the return to Brixham, a very convivial evening was hosted by Brixham Yacht Club with servings of the by now traditional fish pie, and much story telling of voyages old and new. Everyone who took part stated that they looked forward to a more normal 2022 and attending the Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta next May bank holiday, when 40 boats are expected.. 
 
The youngest skipper was only 14 years old and in her boat “Fallander”, had recently broken the record for the youngest circumnavigation of Great Britain under sail. It took her just over 7 weeks and Katie McCabe was awarded the young sailor of the year award at the recent Southampton boat show. Her 26ft sloop “Fallander” was built by Morgan Giles locally in Teignmouth. The oldest skippers were not admitting their ages but several talked about 80 years old and matching their vessels age! 
The 2021 Regatta - Report

The report may be read by clicking on the image below and downloading the linked PDF