Strategic sailing wins Trafalgar Trophy

Flinkidink leads the fleet

Flinkidink leads the fleet

The fleet follows behind

The fleet follows behind

Rita Dunkley presents the Trafalgar Trophy to Milly and Rob

Rita Dunkley presents the Trafalgar Trophy to Milly and Rob

It may be more than 200 years since Nelson won the battle of Trafalgar but fast thinking and equally fast sailing are still major factors in overcoming the opposition. So it was at Tamesis on Sunday 23 October when Rob Wilder and his 10-year-old daughter Milly Chong-Wilder out-sailed 13 other boats in this year’s contest to win the Trafalgar Trophy.
The one and three quarter hour inter-class pursuit race was sailed in a cold and gusty north-easterly wind between Steven’s Ait and the downstream end of Trowlock Island. Race Officer Barry Mourant started the contestants from the Smithy at pre-notified times and finished the race on the water from Tamesis III, the club launch. He was assisted by Angela Caldara and Jenny Finlayson. The safety boats were manned by Mike Goldsmith and Simon Craig.
Results: 1 Flinkidink (MR 1097) Rob and Milly Chong-Wilder; 2 Passing Cloud (MR 1079) Richard Harris and Sue Harris; 3 Shenandoah (MR 3649) Andrew Harris and Tom Harris; 4 One over the Eight (Nat 18 349) Doug Pope and Jose Ugarte.
The results were announced by Barry Mourant and the Trophy was presented by Rita Dunkley.
The Ben Ainslie Trophy for the juniors was won by Jay and Adam in a Laser 2000 crewed by Eric Finlayson.