Costa Blanca, Spain

A Great Turn Out for the 9th April TOMs Winter Series Ladder

On Saturday, April 9th, a bright and sunny morning at the Club Nautico in Calpe, a group of 18 CBYA members, ranging from experienced TOMs skippers to enthusiastic beginners, met for another 2021/2022 WINTER TOMs LADDER Series race day. Always exciting, these keel boat racing events are never the same twice and fresh crews are drawn each day. It’s a great opportunity to gain sailing experience, benefit from informal hands-on training sessions, and interact with a fantastic group of dedicated sailing afficionados. This time 4 boats competed, and 3 races were sailed with varying results. Despite a few minor dramas re-entering the harbour, everyone enjoyed themselves and all were happy to be out on the water again after a rainy and cold March.

The crews were:

TOM#1: Hugh Epsom (skipper), Paddy Bettesworth, Tessa Kloosterboer, Berrie Gerrits.

TOM#2: Dave Reid (skipper), Cristina Richardson, Malcolm Reeve, Karen Gardner.

TOM#3: Chris de Boer (skipper), Alan Bailey, John Mackney, Paul Smithard.

TOM#4: Barry McCrae (skipper), Amanda Topson, Tammy de Boer, Monique Neyzen.

The results after three closely contested races:

TOM#1 – 5 points

TOM#4 – 5 points

TOM#3 – 10 points

TOM#4 – 11 points

Note: TOM#3 was DSQ in race 2 for being in the zone within one minute before the start. WSRRS Para 30.3 – U Flag Rule.

The 2021/22 Ladder Winter Series results to date, including the 16 April Ladder results, can be viewed by clicking HERE.

We all retired to Dracula’s Restaurant after the event to wish Dave Reid farewell, as he has decided to move back to Edinburgh next month.

Our TOMs Co-ordinator, Amanda, arranged a presentation comprising a sailing trophy and a nice bottle of vino.

Dave promises to return for a few months each year in the future, so we won’t be able to get rid of him that easily!

Well done to all!

Tessa Kloosterboer



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