Peak Dinghy AGM Builders Report

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Peak Dinghy – Combined Comet Classes 2016 AGM Report

It has been a year since we took over the Comet Trio from Andy and one year on I now know a lot more about the Comet Trio than I did 12 months ago. As you may know we have eight Trios at Ogston Sailing Club, where they have been used as training boats since 2002. I have to admit that when they arrived I had never heard of a Comet Trio, They were purchased with the aid of a lottery grant from Sport England and were an immediate hit with everyone.
Sadly, at Ogston, they have never broken out of the training boat role and people graduating from the learn to sail course are pointed in the direction of the Enterprise or Laser fleet. One advantage those fleets have is an abundance of cheap second-hand boats. A second-hand Trio for sale is a very rare sight and because they are built so well, they command a good price, but as we all know, they’re worth it.
Over the last year the demand for spare parts has steadily grown and we are continuing to source parts from the same suppliers that Andy used. It’s great that so much is made in the UK, much of it by small companies and I like to think that we are doing our bit for British manufacturing and supporting local small businesses that are being squeezed so much by global manufacturers. When I say local; that’s; Derbyshire, Devon, Essex, Hampshire and Yorkshire to name a few.
It’s also good to be able to report that all Trio parts are available and should remain so. Clearly, some of the hardware is common across many fleets, but the Trio has some unique parts; foils, mast and boom etc and there is no supply issue there. It’s true that we are not holding a great deal of stock of parts and so there may be a little wait sometimes, but as demand grows we will look to hold more stock.
Some of you will have seen the first Peak Dinghy Comet Trio; we brought the Hull down to Exmouth Sailing Club during the Nationals last year and then took Trio 500 to the Dinghy Show in March. We had some interest following the Dinghy Show and I am pleased to say that Trio 500 has been sold. We have also sold a few Spinnaker Chute Kits and the feedback from customers is very positive.
It’s good to see all the work that various members of the Class are putting in to help promote sailing in a Comet Dinghy and I am sure that the number of people who own a boat from the Comet family will grow and grow.
I was late for last year’s AGM and not hear at all this year. I had hoped to come along but family commitments have made that very difficult. I will try to come along to Trio events where I can and if there is anything you want to ask me, or if you have any suggestions, please let me know.
Peak Dinghy

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Inlands at Cotswold SC 28/29 May 2016

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Combined Comet Class Association – Inland Championships 28th and 29th May 2016 – Sponsored by Noble Marine

The CCCA Inlands, sponsored by Noble Marine, took place at Cotswold Sailing Club over the bank holiday weekend.  12 Comet Trios and 4 Comet Versas competed for the trophies over excellent courses set by race officer Neil Wetherley.  North Easterly F3 or 4 winds enabled the full set of 5 races to be sailed over the 2 days in gusty and shifty conditions.


Adrian and Tracy Padro from Shustoke SC dominated the weekend winning all 5 races.  Despite several different boats holding the lead at times in various races but no one else could manage to be in the lead when it mattered!

They were chased hard all weekend by Stuart and Rory Bush also from Shustoke SC who with 4 second places secured the runners up spot.  It was left to Bob and Colette Horlock from Exe SC and Stephen and Helen Whittle from Cotswold SC to battle for 3rd place.  This contest went down to the wire with the outcome depending on who could finish in front in the last race of the weekend.  Stephen and Helen and Bob and Colette swapped places all round the course but in the end Stephen and Helen won through to take 4th in the race and 3rd overall.


John and Jackie Sturgeon from Hawley Lake won four of the five races and despite some remarkably close racing, the last 4 races resulted in wins for John and Jackie, seconds for Anne Higgins of Cotswold SC and thirds for Al Parker.

Adrian Padro thanked Cotswold on behalf of all the competitors for an excellent weekend.  The food and hospitality extended by the club had been first class, the organisation of the event had been seamless, the racing fair and well run and the BBQ and quiz night had been great fun.  Thank you to our sponsors Noble Marine for the prizes.

Agm 2016 Cotswold SC 28th May

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  • The CCCA Annual General Meeting will be held at Cotswold Sailing Club after racing on Saturday 28th May 2016


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