Sunday 28th Oct.
A breezy, sustained 13-16mph wind from the NE with gusts to 27mph , chilly 8 degrees and initially very damp day greeted the 15 skippers that had entered the 2018 Thames Cup event hosted by Coalhousefort RYC. By just after midday the dampness had all but gone and a little brightness to the sky appeared, later another shower, hail this time appeared but was thankfully short lived.
With a course set and after the normal race briefing the first race commenced at 10am through until 12:30 when a short break was taken for lunch. The afternoon racing commencing again at 1pm and carried through until 3::45, a total of 17 races for the day.
Colin Goodman dominated winning all but 2 of the races – both of which were discarded, ending the day with a very impressive score of 14 point. At times Colin was hotly challenged in races by Trevor Binks who finished the day on 33 points with Mark Dennis coming a very creditable third on 47 point.
The days racing in difficult conditions was conducted in a very friendly and sportsmanlike manor, with the very few penalties all being taken without the need for undue prompting. Another good days sailing for all involved,
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2018 Eastern District Championship Sunday 7th October Whitlingham Park, Norwich MYC
Norwich MYC hosted ten skippers for the ED Marblehead Championship, including visitors from Broads, Canbridge, Datchet and Southminster. Conditions were almost perfect with warm weather and a light North Westerly breeze which at times deserted the fleet, requiring the Race Officer to shorten a small number of races to a single lap, fortunately all weed has now disappeared requiring skippers to use all their light weather skills without any help or hindrance from weed!
A full schedue of 16 races (enabling 3 discards) were completed in a friendly manner with all skippers obeying contact calls and completing their penalty turns. The Race Officer was kept busy ensuring the really keen skippers at the start were caught and recalled!
The final result saw Phil Holiday with his beautifully turned out and excellently sailed marblehead gain a commanding lead by lunchtime that was never really challenged. A relative newcomer to marblehead sailing Ian Self from the home club sailed into a well deserved 2nd place helped by keeping out of trouble.
A full result list is shown below:
1st Phil Holiday Datchet Water 19 points
2nd Ian Self Norwich MYC 50 points
3rd David Perkins Cambridge 64 points
4th Vinnie Zammit Norwich MYC 68 points
5th Terry Burton Broads RYC 69 points
6th Robert Owen Norwich MYC 70 points
7th Alf Reynolds Southminster 73 points
8th Eric Curtis Norwich MYC 78 points
9th Graham Nelson Norwich MYC 92 points
10th Michael Howard Broads RYC 110 points
Sunday the 7th January saw 17 skippers gather at Blackwater Sailing Club practice lake in Heybridge for one of the first open meetings of 2018.
Skippers travelled from as far away as Cambridge and Eastbourne to enjoy a day’s sailing under leaden skies and in the brisk breeze that made it feel like a below zero day.
The 10 local skippers welcomed the seven visitors and together they sailed the windward leeward course set by Graham and George Beacroft. Due to a constant wind the course remained throughout the day.
The host club provided the all officials enabling the event to be raced with one fleet. Lunchtime was embellished with homemade mince pies (Thanks Cath) and mulled wine to warm everyone.
After the 15 races the results showed that Colin Goodwin won the day for the fourth year in a row, with Graham Bantock and Trevor Binks level on 38 points, count back place Trevor 2nd .
The whole event was sailed with good humour and behaviour. Three boats had to retire with damage mainly due to the strong winds that also caused one competitor to change down to third suit for the latter part of the day.