Congratulations to the new Met and Southern District Vane A Champion, Shaun Wyeth and his mate Graham Wyeth. This was a great achievement as they were racing ‘Yeoman’, their new Hollom design The Minstral, for the first time in very fluky conditions! This boat shows great promise and there is another one of the same design almost ready to launch!
An exciting, but somewhat chilly, day’s sailing saw some very close racing. There were several finishes where wins depended on the wind backing or filling in the last few metres following some brilliant re-trims on the far bank. One, nail biting, finish between Anthony Warren, sailing Shield, crewed by Lester Gilbert and Malcolm Eales sailing Ruby, crewed by Paul Edwards was a dead heat! There were quite a few re-sails and the pedometer showed we’d travelled just over six miles by the end of the day.
Peter Fothergill, sailing Whippersnapper with mate Andy Fernie were the only team able to beat Yeoman, which they did comprehensively, both ways, to secure second place overall. Malcolm Eales and mate Paul Edwards were only one point behind them to take third place. That was in spite of an elegant (but frustrating for the skipper and mate) 360 degree unplanned penalty turn half way up the lake! Lewis Wyeth sailing Razor Light with his part time mate Graham secured the same number of points overall as Jacque Cook with mate Eric Meighen sailing Nlightened but was fourth overall as he won against Jacque and Eric on the beat. Last, but not least, Anthony Warren and mate Lester Gilbert sailing Shield had some close finishes but the performance was below what we have come to expect. They discovered, after the race that there was a glitch with the boat.
Malcolm and Shaun tied with the most points for windward legs and Peter the downwind legs. Overall a very satisfying day’s racing in spite of the contrary wind conditions. A big thank you from the fleet goes to Allan Oxlade and Alex Kennaby who braved the adverse conditions to start and finish the racing. Also to Mervyn Cook who is coming to grips with setting up and entering the scoring.
Next Saturday, the 26th March is a vane 36 race day. Look forward to seeing skippers, mates and spectators.
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