Although not in enormous numbers, there was some excellent racing during the week for the Redwing & One-Design fleets. Congratulations to Geordie Ross & Laclan McLucas who won the Hulbert Prize (under 30s) and to Max Aylmer and Laclan who won the Bavarian Tankard (helmsman under 19). Also to Michael MacInnes and his crew in No 2 Redwing Avocet who was the first of the twenty one Redwings to cross the finish line in Friday’s passage race to Cowes; No 11, Toucan, helmed by Colin Samuelson was second and No 24, Red Gauntlet II helmed by Joe Robertson was third.
Nine One-Designs took advantage of some of the best sailing weather this summer on Saturday and enjoyed two races in the SWesterly F4 breeze and almost cloudless sky. In the first, No 10 helmed by Charles Evans was first to the windward mark having been the only boat to stay on starboard after the start to take advantage of the inshore currents. Despite best efforts by Jos Coad sailing single handed in No 8 and Mark Grzegorczyk also single handed in No 9, Charles was able to build his lead and finished about 45 seconds in front of them. In the second race, Sam Deacon in No 6 was forced over the start line by Robin Joy who had taken over the helm of No 10 and so was well behind everyone else by the time she had extracated herself from the fleet and returned to the pre-start side of the line. Although No 10 followed a similar route to the windward mark as they had done in the first race, it did not pay off and it was Jos Coad in No 8 who was first round Footprint, closely followed by Alexander Ross in No 11 and James Beart in No 5. Although Jos held onto his lead for the rest of the race, Alexander had to make do with third after Robin had powered through on the long beat in from Ruthven and the final shorter one from Janson to the finish line at Footprint.
Sunday started a bit dismal & breezy but by the afternoon the sun had come out and provided six One-Designs with great sailing conditions. In the first race Alexander Ross in No 11 was locked out on the Committee Boat at the start by Susie Beart in No 5 so had to circle back before they were able to cross the line. Robin Joy sailing single handed in No 10 was one of two boats that tacked onto port soon after the start and rounded the windward mark (Garland) with a nice lead. Although his lead was reeled in on the final beat from Ruthven to Janson, he just managed to hang on to cross the finish line six seconds ahead of Peter Summerhayes in No 1 with Alexander Ross in No 11 in third eight seconds later.
With the breeze increasing, Robin wisely decided to call it a day so headed back to the moorings leaving the other five boats to start their second race. Again two boats tacked early onto port and headed towards the St Helens shore; Alexander in No 11 and Susie in No 5 lead the way from Garland to Moreton but then unfortunately failed to remember to round it to starboard on the way back to the finish as Under Tyne. Although they both subsequently took an exoneration penalty, No 6 helmed by John Deacon crossed the finish line ahead of them.
The Redwings are of course at Cowes all next week, however the One-Designs are racing locally every afternoon at Bembridge.”