The third round of the South Wales regional Osprey circuit was held at Sully Sailing Club on Sunday 6th September. Sully is a very small and friendly sailing club situated at Sully Bay on the Bristol Channel between Penarth and Barry.  It claims to have probably the longest slipway on the Bristol Channel and when you have pulled an Osprey up from the bottom of the slip at low tide you can well believe it!

Three travelling Ospreys joined the indigenous Osprey of Roger Dykes and Bob Lang to make up the largest fleet for the Sully Annual Regatta.  On arrival in warm sunshine there was hardly any breeze, but after a half hour postponement the first race was held in an around 4 to 5 knot South Easterly.  Oscar and Lisa Chess in Osprey 1348 rounded the first mark in the lead and pulled away to win comfortably from Ros and David Downs in Osprey 1114 with the other two Ospreys not far behind.  

As the temperature increased the wind swung around to the South West with the promise of more to come as the sea breeze materialised. After a significant change of course Oscar and Lisa again led throughout the race despite being pushed very hard by Mike and Pam Murray in Osprey 1166.  

By the time of the third race the wind had built sufficiently for the Ospreys to be trapezing and a good battle ensued between the leading three Ospreys with Ros and David maintaining their lead to win followed by Oscar and Lisa and Mike and Pam who had swapped places on the last lap.

The legendary Sully Barbeque followed the racing.

Final Results:-

1st Osprey 1348  Oscar and Lisa Chess

2nd Osprey 1114 Ros and David Downs

3rd Osprey 1166 Mike and Pam Murray

Thus Ros and David have maintained their lead in the South Wales Circuit which now moves on to the Tata October regatta which is now being held on Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November following problems with weed growth in the lake.