On a glorious sunny Saturday afternoon, with a freshening and veering South Westerly breeze, against a backdrop of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series yachts racing off Southsea, eleven Redwings & eight One-Designs enjoyed some excellent, close racing for the 2016 Bembridge Village Regatta trophies.
The course effectively put a “gate” in the windward leg as boats were required to pass through the line on each round. The fleets all split at the gate and several changed position.
In the Redwings, Robin Ebsworth in No 41 Quintessence narrowly beat Dominic Samuelson in No 13 Tarpon, out for her first race of the season, by less than quarter of a length after loosing a big lead by going to leeward of a large freighter moored close to the finish which Tarpon had kept to windward. Jonathan Nainby-Luxmoore in No 5 Snow Goose was third, a minute later having made up a place against Joe Robertson in No 24 Red Gauntlet II on the last leg.
In the One-Designs, Anna & James Row left the entire fleet miles behind and finished almost six minutes ahead of No 1 helmed by Russ Fowler with Helen & Rob Mathieson. Norman Marshall in No 7 was third. The other five boats all finished pretty close together.
On Sunday afternoon, again against the backdrop of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing off Southsea, ten Redwings and three Bembridge One Designs took part in the annual Princessa Buoy race followed by a Club picnic at Whitecliff Bay in cloudy, humid conditions in a force 3 – 4 South-Westerly wind.
The Redwings had a very close race which included two beats before heading off to the West Princessa Buoy and an inflatable finish mark on the way to Whitecliff Bay. Although subject to protest, Tom Scott in No 36 Siskin was pipped at the finishing line by Jonathan Nainby-Luxmore in No 5 Snowgoose who kept him off the finishing line and forced him to turn back to finish just behind Robin Ebsworth in No 41 Quintessence. Andrew Eddy in No 40 Plover was fourth only five seconds later.
The three One-Designs followed the same course. Hugh Docherty in No. 10 and Alexander Ross in No 4 had a very close race, however Hugh held his nerve and just finished in front. James Palmer in No 3 had to retire near the Princessa Buoy with a broken shackle.
A group of Scows also made the journey to Whitecliff Bay, arriving soaked to the skin, for the picnic. Among the Scows were Mrs Ali Tidbury, wife of the Club’s Commodore, Mrs Penny Stanley, the Class Captain of Scows, Mrs Ros Pollock and Christian and Emma Heyman in their new Scow.
Mr Hugh Tidbury, the Club Commodore, entertained competitors and participants on his yacht before the picnic.