Debbie Degge Best Top Lady sailor
Debbie Degge is 2nd Streaker National Champion 2014
Recently I had the pleasure of talking to Debbie after her recent victory and in her own words....
"Whilst I had thought of myself as a “has been” circuit racer of the 80/90’s, it was nice to be competitive at the Nationals, if only a second place it’s was an improvement on a previous 4th at the Streaker Nationals".
Apparently she only entered to find out how the new boat would perform, as this Butler hull felt different to the Rooster she use to have, and was encouraged to do so after winning the Emberton Park Open 2014. In fact she claims to be considering winding down to just Club Racing, trying to beat Mr Ling/Gibson etc and eventually the olds single handed Mirror fleet !! we know her brilliants is still very much there.... as proven by winning the larger ever local BSC race Barts Bash 2014.
As Debbie said It would be interesting to find out about early successes of many older sailors at the club, as she states today’s results are tomorrows Chip paper (or would have been at one time). Her previous success are long distant history, having won opens in five different single handers, Topper, Europe, Comet, Laser, Streaker, and was just proud to qualify for the Endeavour Trophy.
DEBBIE DEGGE SAILING BRIEF:-
In the early days of segregation with dedicated Ladies Nationals, she won the Ladies National Pursuit Race 3 times with wonderful prizes such as a holiday for 4 in Greece, and also won the Ladies Single Handed National Championship.
Then on to Toppers and before Winning the Worlds, in previous years I finished 2nd and 4th, and 3rd at Europeans/Nationals. Trying to beat among others a young John Ling from Kessingland to Worlds Qualification points, against John Caig, Ian Fryett, Andy Rice, Hugh Styles, Andy Carter – a few names I remember well, with memorable highlights of leading over 100 boats the wrong way round the windward mark in one event.
After that I won the Comet Inlands and then have had fun sailing more classes than I could name, from many single handers to Fireballs/GP’s/Larks etc, and even crewed a 505 one winter HA HA.
Well the old dear didn’t do too badly, but enough of memory lane, maybe there is a bit of racing left in her yet. Off to Cornwall next weekend, so see you on the water in a few weeks.
Well best of luck next week Debbie, on behalf of the whole Bartley Sailing Club we are proud to still have you with us and still showing us around on the water!!! You are a great ambassador and an assest to BSC
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