THE first race of the annual two-legged competition between Goring on Thames Sailing Club and the Island Sailing Club, Reading, where the club’s sail on each other’s water, took place recently at the Island’s home lake of Pingewood lagoon.

Altogether 14 boats of different classes and handicaps took part, with points awarded to the first five of each club to cross the finishing line.

In the first race, it was quickly evident that the fresh breeze of more than five knots and higher gusts favoured the faster boats of the Goring team and they had the first three boats to finish.

In the second race on a revised course, the Goring boats still benefited from the breeze until the wind died away favouring the Island’s sailors, but the gap opened up was by that time, too large to make up.

The team and individual trophies went to Goring with joint winners, Mark Haxeldon and Andrew Darke, each scoring 2¾ points.

Ian Wickens was the Island’s best scorer with 9 points.

The second leg will take place at Goring on Thames on 6th October.