“A busy weekend with BSC eighteen National Swallows over from Itchenor for their National Championships racing in some very challenging conditions. Congratulations to Carolyn Brigg in S82, Marengo who was the overall winner with Mike Wigmore in S93 Gwaihir second just pipping Harry Roome in S3 Skua on a count back.
On Saturday afternoon, the Redwings & One-Designs were meant to be racing for the Zanen Long Distance trophy, however, with the breeze gusting 25 plus knots and turbulent sea conditions it was decided that even an inshore race off Priory Bay was not going to be sensible so racing was abandoned and the seven Redwings and one One-Design returned to their moorings.
On Sunday morning, conditions had improved but were still not suitable for the originally planned race to the RVYC, so a round the buoys course was arranged off Priory Bay in the South Westerly 17 knot breeze for the three Redwings wanting to race. A good start was made by Joe Robertson, No 24, Red Gauntlet II. Plover, No 40 (helmed by Edward Eddy) came through the line on port. At the end of the first round which took the boats to Drum as a windward mark, Red Gauntlet II was followed by Plover followed by No 27, Fly Catcher (helmed by Hugh Martin). Joe maintained his lead throughout but the other two boats changed places a number of times with Plover failing to cover Fly Catcher which sneaked through on the second round. In the third round, Plover & Fly Catcher went on completely different tacks and Edward got back to second place. At the finish Joe took first place, one minute ahead of Edward with Hugh finishing not far behind.”