Heatwave thrives on the hot weather to win Tamesis Anchor and Queen Adelaide Cup

Rob Wilder and Joe McLaughlin sailed Heat Wave (343) to an undisputed three race victory to win both the Tamesis Anchor and Queen Adelaide Cup at the annual race for National 18s on Saturday 17 May. Thriving on the hot summer weather that perfectly matched the boat’s name, they lapped all the other contestants over a five round course in the last of the races. The light westerly wind made for slow sailing and none of the other 18 crews were able to match the speed and dexterity of Wilder and McLaughlin in tacking across an east-west dogleg near the Clubhouse.

The Tamesis Anchor is awarded to the first on the water finisher and the Queen Adelaide Cup on the handicap results. Heat Wave won the Tamesis Anchor for the second year in succession.

Ian Burnett and Anne Bayne were second overall on the water in every race. .

The Race Officer was Ken Duffell.

Rounding the downstream mark

Rounding the downstream mark

Heat Wave was a lap ahead at the upstream mark

Heat Wave was a lap ahead at the upstream mark