Results of the Bembridge Village Regatta

Keel Boats – Bembridge One Designs

Saturday’s race for the One-Designs was for the Village Regatta Jubilee Cup; six boats entered and started in a pleasant SSE’erly breeze.  As the race progressed, the wind veered initially to the South and then ended up SSW’erly.  This inevitably meant a number of course changes, but with everyone now listening out on Ch 77, no one got lost!  Places changed regularly and after just under and hour and half all six boats finished within a minute and a half.  Hugh Doherty, sailing single handed, in No 10 was first across the finish line half a minute ahead of with Ashleigh McLucas & Russ Fowler in No 6; Sarah & Ellie Marshall in No 7 were a mere two seconds behind.

1st – No 10 – helmed single handed by Hugh Doherty (finishing time: 15:40:55)

2nd – No 6 – helmed by Ashleigh McLucas with Russ Fowler crewing (finishing time:  15:41:23)

3rd – No 7 – helmed by Sarah Marshall with Ellie Marshall crewing (finishing time:  15:41:25)



An interesting afternoon with the skies providing almost as much water as the sea! Once on station the Committee Boat postponed the start as the wind backed slowly through 90°, resulting in the relaying of the course. Once underway it then virtually died, meaning slow progress for each class towards the windward mark. However as the final group started it then obliged and we began to see some racing, albeit slow.


Due to the conditions the smaller boats really suffered as the tide came into play and we saw a number of retirements with competitors making limited progress in the heavy rain and light wind, however Ally Tidbury (BSC) would not surrender and took a deserved first in the Scows.


Great credit must go to the Optimist of Sean Bottomley (SVYC), who arrived with great poise at the finish line amongst the big boys! An excellent first and fine sailing. Molly Casserly (SVYC) stayed the course for second and Tom Wilson (BSC) commendably extracted himself from great difficulties off Nodes Point to eventually cross the line for third place.


Three finishers in the slow handicap resulted in Jonathan and Jemima Plumtree (BHYC) taking the honours in a Hartley 12, followed by Grainne Andrews (BHYC) in her Pico and Dan McGechie (BHYC) refusing to retire and completing the trio.


There were also excellent performances from some of the Fevas, with Emma Gabbani and Tommy Scourfield (BHYC) showing the rest of the class a clean pair of heels; but finish line excitement as Tavie Laitt and Sarah Gabbani (BHYC) chose the perfect course in the final moments to overturn Patrick Clegg and Hugh Samuelson’s lead of some metres and take second place.


In spite of a fine sailing from the beautiful wooden hulled Contender of Tony Burton (BHYC), handicap meant the honours in the fast race went to the Wayfarers of Roger and Gill Herbert (BHYC); followed in by that of John Carter and Ken Nye (BHYC). Third was the Bahia with Hector McKimm and Aileen Armstrong crewing – BHYC

A big thank you to all our participants – both retirees and finishers – for turning out on what was a truly dreadful wet July afternoon!


Scows                   1st Ally Tidbury – BSC

(other Scows retired)



1st – Sean Bottomley  – SVYC

2nd – Molly Casserly – SVYC

3rd – Tom Wilson BSC


Slow Handicap

1st – Jonathan Plumtree with Jemima Plumtree crewing – BHYC

2nd – Grainne Andrews – BHYC

3rd – Dan McGechie – BHYC


Laser 4.7               No entries signed on – although two Lasers were out, one finishing


Swan                      One starter that retired


Fast Handicap

1st – Roger Herbert with Gill Herbert crewing – BHYC

2nd – John Carter with Ken Nye crewing – BHYC

3rd – Hector McKimm with Aileen Armstrong crewing – BHYC



1st – Emma Gabbani with Tommy Scourfield crewing – BHYC

2nd – Tavie Laitt with Sarah Gabbani crewing – BHYC

3rd – Patrick Clegg with Hugo Samuelson crewing – BSC



Race Officer Peter Webb

ARO Keith Gentleman

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