The first Guildford Administered Marblehead Event Series, known as GAMES, reached an exciting climax at 3 RIVERS RYC, racing for the final event, the Stan Cleal Trophy on Sunday the 13th November 2011. Whilst Martin Crysell was top of the leaderboard having sailed very consistently throughout the year, Roy Stevens with 2 wins from the previous 9 events had the potential to overtake him, if he finished 1st or 2nd and ahead of Martin.
It was local ace, Peter Popham, who won the first 2 races easily in a very variable light breeze from the East, blowing over and through the trees. Martin maintained his consistency with a string of seconds and was not beaten by Roy until Race 5. Then he went on to win 3 races, the event and the GAMES, finishing just one point ahead of Hugh McAdoo, who also had a good series of races including 4 firsts.
Martin was delighted to win the first GAMES and to receive the specially created trophy, the MIDGLEY Memorial MUG, given by GMYC in memory of their late Commodore, Paul Midgley.
Photo John Male