West Riding Sailing Club duo make waves with tournament wins

West Riding Sailing Club's Dave Baxter
West Riding Sailing Club's Dave Baxter

TWO West Riding Sailing Club members have made waves further afield from their Wintersett reservoir base.

Dave Baxter has won the Vago Single Handed National Inland Championships and Tim Keighley has stormed to success at the prestigious Wessex Laser Grand Prix Series.

The duo are both key members of the Ryhill club and have heightened the reputation of West Riding SC thanks to their latest successes.

Upton-based Baxter secured his trophy in the Midlands at the Rutland Water venue.

The event was held as a six race series over two days and attracted a mixed fleet of fifteen Vagos sailing both single and double handed.

Baxter dominated with a win in every race to become champion in convincing fashion.

He joined West Riding Sailing club five years ago just before buying his Vago and honing his skills on the Ryhill waters most weekends, training on a Saturday and in club races on the Sunday.

Keighley’s success was just as superb, putting an end to 13 straight victories for Upton Warren Sailing Club’s John Ling in the Wessex Laser Grand Prix Series.

The event is made up of nine events which take place on different venues over several months.

A total of 92 boats took place in the series this year, with the Laser being one of the single handed classes used in the Olympics.

Keighley sailed to success at meetings at Bristol Corinthian Sailing Club, South Cerney Sailing Club and Thornbury Sailing Club, with further second places coming in three other meetings.

He went into the final race, at Portishead Yacht Club, with a clear lead and Ling, who’d dominated the event for the last decade, had to win the race to win the championship outright.

But Ling’s second place finish to Keighley’s fifth ensured the West Riding Sailing Club man took top honours by a point.

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