On Wednesday morning five One-Design helms lined up for the Burrows single handed trophy in the light Northerly breeze. Robin Joy in No 10 was first off the moorings with Sophie Ross in No 11 and James Row in No 8 close behind and Martin Bonham in No 2 & Jos Coad in No 3 somewhat later! After so me close racing initially with Robin, James developed a substantial lead as the breeze fluctuated; Sophie’s luck held and she overtook Robin to finish second. In the afternoon, six One-Designs had an interesting race in the rather fickle East South Easterly F2 breeze for the Cartwright Prize – two bottles of champagne! Although Jos Coad was initially in front, Sophie Ross in No 11 developed a good lead on the second round and crossed the line about half a minute ahead of James Row in No 8 with Norman Marshall in No 7 close behind.
On Saturday morning, the three top Redwings raced for the prestigious Jeannie Cochrane Tophy. After a good start, Meri Benham in No 1, Paroquet decided to remain on starboard as they beat out to Moreton and luckily for her was rewarded with a significant lift that put her well ahead of Jonathan Nainby-Luxmoore in No 5, Snowgoose and Nick Rowton-Lee in No 10, Banzai II at the windward mark; a lead that neither boat was able to seriously challenge. In the second beat to Fitzwilliam Nick manged to overtake Jonathan to take second place. The four top One-Design helms meanwhile competed for their premier prize, the Jubliee Trophy. The first race was won by Anna Row with Hugh Doherty second; in the second race, James Row took first with Hugh picking up another second. It was therefore all on the third race with Hugh successfully holding his nerve beating Norman Marshall by about 15 seconds to win the trophy.
The weekend’s afternoon racing was for the BHYC Keelboat Regatta trophies. Saturday’s Redwing race had one of the largest entries of the season with seventeen boats out. Started in an East South Easterly F4 breeze that dropped to F2 as the race progressed, they all made a clean start and had an excellent beat to Cochrane with a lot of split tacks. Matt Alexander in No 18 Harlequin kept inshore and was first round the windward mark. Will Squibb helming No 3 Prawn was next round and although places changed lower down the fleet, at the finish no one had made a dent in Matt’s lead as they completed the triangle, sausage, triangle (Special Course 1) using Cochrane, Fitzwilliam and Footprint. Joe Robertson in No 24 Red Gauntlet II was third. In parallel the One-Designs had two short races for the Margetson Trophy (Family pairs) that had had to be resheduled from its traditional Saturday morning slot. In the first race, Peter Summerhayes helming No 1 finished first, John Harbord-Hamond in No 4 was second and Syd Beart in No 5 was third. In the second race, James Beart in No 1 was first; second, although not a “family pair” was Martin Bonham in No 2 and Will Harbord-Hamond in No 4 was third. This meant that the Beart’s not only won the Margetson Trophy, but also the BHYC Selwyn Trophy.
Sunday’s conditions were considerably more challenging with a S’Westerly F5 blowing, however six Redwings and six One-Designs sailed over from their moorings at Under Tyne to the more sheltered area off Priory Bay and enjoyed some excellent racing. Special Course 1 was used again with Drum, Britten & Derrick as the marks. No 18 Redwing, Harlequin, helmed by Jonathan Nainby-Luxmoore was the eventual winner after a close dual with Joe Robertson in No 24 Red Gauntlet II; Robin Ebsworth in No 41 Quintessence was third after a close race with Rosie Gosling in No 45, Gosling. The One-Designs went round the same course and had some similar close racing; in particular between the eventual winner, Andrew Palmer in No 3 and John Harbord-Hamond in No 4. James Beart helming No 5 was third. Although always at the back of the fleet, special mention should be made of teenager Lucy Aylmer in No 8 with her brother Max & James Row as crew who successfully completed the race, her first time helming a One-Design.
There was just enough of a North Westerly breeze on Monday morning for the eleven Redwings and six One-Designs to complete a long slow beat from Under Tyne to Derrick and back with a finish at Nainby. The Redwings had a rather chaotic start as the wind backed 10° in the final minute, however no one complained as they did not want a postponement and delay while the line was reset. It was not long before the fleet was spread widely as they tacked slowly towards Derrick; even more interesting was the different routes that they took on the run back to Under Tyne before the testing final beat to Nainby. Rupert MacInnes with his young daughters and father crewing in No 2 Avocet was always at the front end of the fleet and spotting a bit more of a breeze out by St Helens Fort crossed the finish line just over 30 seconds ahead of Henry Thorpe in No 113 Redwitch; Rosie Gosling in No 45, Gosling was third about 15 seconds later. In mid fdleet there were also some close finishes, Andrew Eddy in No 40 Plover just beating Joe Robertson in Red Gauntlet II and Philip Bown in No 21, Redwing just beating Robin Ebsworth in Quintessence. In the main, the One-Designs made a better start and with their genoas almost caught up the back markers of the Redwing fleet. James Row sailing single handed in No 8 made a flying start on port and remained ahead throughout to finish nearly a minute and a half ahead of Susie Beart in No 5; Sophie Ross in No 11 was third a minute later well ahead of Rob Mathieson in No 1.