With the Redwings at Cowes, last weeks daily keelboat racing at Bembridge therefore only involved the One-Design fleet racing for “August Points” in the postcard weather perfect day after day. After 21 days and 27 races started, Mark Grzegorcyzk and James Row move into three figures and are still neck and neck. John Harbord-Hamond put together an impressive streak of successes to move into third. Sophie Marshall (14) and Sarah Bennett (14+) appear on the August points scoreboard for the first time. Seventeen days of racing still to go before the Bank Holiday!
Traditionally the One-Designs race for the Brinton Cup over the weekend of the Club Ball. On Saturday ten boats had two races in the rather light & fickle conditions. John Deacon, sailing singlehanded in No 6 was last to start but ended up crossing the finish line of the shortened course at Moreton in first place a minute ahead of Alexander Ross in No 4; Sophie Ross in No 11 was third. In the second race, line honours went to Jos Coad in No 8 who finished just under half a minute ahead of Sophie in No 11; Charles Abel Smith in No 7 was third.
On Sunday morning, only five boats came out to race. After a postponement waiting for the final boat to make it to the starting area, John Deacon in No 6, Martin Bonham in No 2 & Sophie Ross in No 11 had the best start in the very light airs. Although a bit of a lottery as to which was the best side of the course for the beat, John in No 6 rounded Janson well ahead of Sophie in No 11. Despite her best efforts she was unable to make up any ground on the run to a laid inflatable leeward mark or short beat back to Under Tyne. Martin in No 2 was third. With the Bearts in No 5 retiring back to the moorings and Brian Orange & William Bland in No 12 deciding to call it a day, the option was left to Sophie (who was lying second to John in the Brinton Cup) as to whether a second race would be run. Not one to give in, and despite having been at the Ball the evening before (as in fact had John), she decided to go for it. With just enough of a breeze to keep the One-Designs moving, John in No 6 got the best start, however Sophie tacked back towards the Bembridge shore quite early and was rewarded with the slightly stronger breeze and finished just under a minute & a half ahead of John having rounded the windward mark (Fitzwilliam) well ahead. Enough to secure her the weekend trophy.