Jubilee Cup July 29th 2018.
Hosted by Killingworth Model Yacht Club at Yeadon Tarn
After weeks of hot, sunny weather, with generally reasonable winds for sailing, it seemed like this edition of the Interclub Jubilee Cup sailed in IOMs would have great weather. As it turned out, wet weather gear was tested to the limits and beyond, and it seemed like 1 month’s rain fell on the fleet during the morning. It even felt a tad cold! The wind was generally a reasonable strength though very shifty – rig 2 was used throughout the day.
Although there were quite a few collisions, particularly near the first mark, and sometimes at the start, turns were usually promptly carried out, and given the rapid shifts, the poor visibility because of the rain and often a biased line, the fleet were well behaved, and it was a good natured event.
The Scarborough threesome (Neil Thornton, Roy Stevens and Colin Allred) sailed consistently well and won despite Colin Allred having to drop out for several races with moisture getting into his transmitter. They were pushed hard by Keighley with John T being the best sailor on the day (no surprise there). Bad luck stories abounded, mostly with damp transmitters (some discovered that their transmitter muffs were not as waterproof as they thought) , and the unluckiest man was Rotherham’s Gerry Berresford whose gooseneck fitting ripped off his mast early in proceedings.
8 races were completed before the excellent lunch (chicken main course, fruit crumble to round off), which also gave the competitors a chance to dry off a touch. With the rain still falling and most competitors being seriously soaked, it was agreed that we would complete another 4 races and then pack up. As fate had it, just as racing finished the rain stopped.
The Killingworth race team was supported above and beyond the call of duty by members of Leeds and Bradford MBC (a particular thanks go to Richard Smalley, Eric Hardman, Sam Gill and the Galley Girls), and also to Paul Rudkin from Balne Moor for keeping the score. Competitors were also very helpful with course ideas. Courses were based on a rectangle before lunch and a triangle after.
It was a credit to the competitors that despite the awful weather no one dropped out unless they had gear problems, a sign of how keen the sailors were to support their teams.
and for those who like to see the individual finishing order:
S R 30/7/2018