A cold and rainy Good Friday saw 7 BODA sailors take to the water in 4 boats; with an easterly F3 and starting east of Garland with a laid outer mark, the course was Moreton, Janson, Garland and a short beat back to the line. All tacked inshore out of the tide with the lead changing regularly; however Mark Grzegorczyk in No 9 got away from the others at Moreton and held his lead to the finish, followed home by William Bland in No 12, Peter Harvey in No 8 and Charles Evans in No 10. As the rain had been particularly hard, the race officers gave a shorter course for the second race to Fitzwilliam, Garland and back to the line. Again everyone tacked inshore before heading out to Fitz in the heavy ‘slop’; Mark Grz again got away in No 9 and held his lead, winning convincingly from Robin Joy in No 10, D Orange in No 12 and Peter Harvey in No 8.


Saturday was again very cold but mercifully the rain held off; this encouraged an extra 2 boats to brave the elements, so 6 starters.  With a westerly F3, the race officers started racing from Under Tyne, sending us to Nainby, Garland, Tara and finishing back at Under Tyne for the first race.  With the wind flicking between WSW to WNW it made for some exciting racing with the lead constantly changing hands on the first and last beats.   Robin Joy in No 10 just beat Peter Harvey in No 8 by 2 seconds, followed closely by Mark Grz in No 9, Tad Ross in No 11, Norman Marshall in No 7 and William Bland in No 12. For the second race it was Garland, Under Tyne, Garland where the committee boat finished us.   Again with 2 good beats it made for some excellent and close racing.   On the final beat Jos Coad in No 8 just pipped Mark Grz in No 9, followed in by D Orange in No 12, Tad Ross in No 11 and Charles Evans in No 10; No 7 had returned back to the harbour after the first race as Norman Marshall’s young crew were suffering from the cold.


On Sunday there were again 4 takers but sadly the wind died as the boats approached the start line.   After 20 minutes it was agreed to abandon racing, everyone gratefully accepting a tow back to the harbour.


Monday was another wet and rather depressing day, so after a short deliberation, the decision was made to cancel racing and remain in the dry ashore.   This meant that this year’s Oppenheim Trophy was won by Mark Grz in No 9.


No racing next weekend.

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