The winning entry in the 2020 Starcross Steamer Photo is Winter Tranquility by Olly Greenslade,
taken from ashore after a long 2½ hours' racing

The thirtieth Exe Sails and Covers Starcross Steamer was held on Sunday 19th January. This was also the 5th race in the 10-race Sailing Southwest series where competitors compete in winter pursuit races all over the south-west. Due to high winds the Steamer last year had to be cancelled, so we were a little concerned that we might not get up to the 100-boat limit. We need not have worried: within 14 days of the entries being open we had a waiting list.    Photo Gallery by Garnett Showell is here

  1. Entry for the photo competition is only for registered Starcross Yacht Club Members.
  2. There are two entrant categories : Juniors up to 15 years and Adults.
  3. Junior entrants under the age of 12 must have parent or guardian consent to enter.
  4. A winner will be selected as the best photo of the event, regardless of subject.
  5. Professional photographers are not allowed to enter. This is a fun event for spontaneous photos to be taken at the Exe Sails Starcross Steamer only on January 19th 2020.
  6. Entries must be received by 20:00 on Tuesday 21.01.2020.
  7. Only digital images can be accepted. Entries should be sent using the member's email address registered with the Club to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    This account is registered to and only accessible by a Club member. Data will be deleted and the account closed by January 31st 2020 and no photos or other data will be shared with a third party except with two other judges, both Club members. The entrant retains copyright of the photo.
  8. Entries should be accompanied by a name and category of the entrant, Junior or Adult.
  9. When a winner is selected, that person (parent or guardian) will be contacted to ask permission to publish the winning photo and name on the Club website and Club notice board.
  10. The judges' decision is final and the winners will be announced on Friday 24th January. Prizes will be presented by arrangement with the winners.

What a great day we had yesterday, with weather and turnout!

One incident marred the day for Mike Arstall, who skidded on the ice and turned his car over on the approach road to the Club. I spoke to him yesterday evening and he sounded his usual chipper self. He has just sent a message to say he had a good night and wishes to thank everyone who helped him yesterday. He is very grateful and says he will show anyone who wants see his array of 25 stitches, but by appointment only. Get well soon, Mike.

96 boats entered for this epic pursuit race and there were no incidents on the water.  Garnett Showell's photos

To add even more interest to the day, we are opening a photo competition to SYC Members.

Two age groups can enter for two categories:

  • Juniors up to and including 15 years of age.
  • Adults from 16 years

The categories are:

  • Junior best photo from land or water
  • Adult best photo from land or water

Entries are open to SYC members only and only for amateur photos. Entries close on Tuesday January 21st at 20:00, winners selected by Friday and prizes presented by arrangement on Sunday January 26th.

Prizes will be to the approximate value of £20 each, no cash payment in lieu is possible.

Go to terms and conditions to see how to enter

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