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St Ledger Trophy and Wooden Hull Open at Askern RSC

Report & Results of the St Ledger Trophy and Wooden Boat Trophy at Askern RSC on Sat 15/9.2019

Following a quick car change back in Tynemouth, we arrived a touch later than planned to see lots of familiar smiling faces – in fact 18 competitors, almost all from East of the Pennines, plus the race team of Paul Rudkin ably assisted by David Darwell and other helpers.

The weather was quite kind, with no rain, so warm clothes were quickly shed. Winds at Askern can be both variable wind direction and strength, which makes course setting tricky, but Paul and Dave did a sterling job using 3 different courses during the day. Those same wind shift give boats that have had bad start a chance to catch up, and of course the reverse. The event also had a significant proportion of home built boats, notably the wooden ones, and also my first race against Sam Gill’s printed boat, which went very fast in spurts.

The earlier car problems must have got Roger Errington’s adrenalin flowing, as he went out and won the first race in style, closely followed by the wooden boats of Brian Cheetham and Simon Robinson. The next race was won by Chris Moore sailing his beautifully presented near new Sedecci, and he repeated the same result in the next race also. By this stage, new visitor to Askern Dave Burke was getting to know the waters better, and from then on was challenging in most of the races.

Askern has an excellent and very popular lakeside café – so popular this time they actually sold out of food by the end of the day. Note order food for lunch when you arrive. Luckily, I had.

At lunchtime the top 4 skippers had almost identical points. After lunch Roger Errington (V8) put in some highly impressive results to take the St Ledger Trophy, with Dave Burke (Britpop) a good second. Simon Robinson (V8) won the Wooden Hull Trophy.

It was good to see lady helmswoman and comparative newcomer Vivien Jeffs getting noticeably better as the racing continued (watch out David Jeffs) and the biggest cheer was reserved for Dave Tucker winning race 9 in his wooden boat.

A great day out.  Simon Robinson 16/9/2019


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