Cutty Sark Bolt 2018
The day dawned with a grey sky – a stark contrast to the sunshine we experienced earlier in the week. The wind blew from the west with some north in it, then, from anywhere really.
Never the less, the turnout was truly impressive including four Fireflies, Lasers, Merlins, an Albacore, a Wayfarer and three National 18s.
We set sail downstream towards Lensbury, returning via a cross river leg on the way up. OOD Brian Southcott set the perfect course for the very tricky conditions.
The first starting Fireflies held their lead for two rounds, with Jim Hamilton in Fiasco in front. Then Matt Peregrine Jones in his Laser caught up. The other classes started coming through in the third round to make it a perfect Pursuit Race with close racing towards throughout.
Peter Mason, who donated the Bolt when he was Commodore, presented the trophy together with boxes of tea which he gives every year. He gave a fascinating brief history of the Cutty Sark. Peter was assisted by Jim Green in presenting the prizes.
Many thanks to OOD Brian Southcott assisted by Colin Stokes, Carolyn Reeves, Peter Simpson and Ken Thatcher.
The £115 collected in Entry Fees will be donated to the Royal Maritime Museum in Greenwich which now owns Cutty Sark.
Photo: Jim Green
The results are:
1st Merlin ‘Passing Cloud’ Richard Harris and Emma MacDonald
2nd Merlin ‘Avenger’ Andrew Harris and Sarah Warren
3rd Merlin ‘Crescendo’ – Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris
4th Laser ‘Insx-ive’ – Matthew Peregrine Jones
5th Merlin ‘Bambusa’ – Peter and Richard Mason
6th Merlin ‘Fair Kop’ – Barry Mourant and Ian Ramage
7th National 18’ ‘Trojan’ – Peter and Mike Adams
8th Firefly ‘Fiasco’ – Jim Hamilton
9th National 18’ ‘Orion’ – Alan Green and Peter Konidaris
10th Wayfare 9135 – Alan Hall and Cherry Ehrlich
11th Albacore ‘Cobblers’ – David Baker and Jim Green
12th Laser ‘Ultra Violet’ – Constantin Gerber
13th Laser ‘Road of Bones’ – Kaan Yargici
14th Laser ‘Ironing Board II’ – Ben Ramage
15th National 18’ ‘Antedote’ – Chris Pollard and Caroline Stillwell
16th Laser ‘Phew’ – Henry Defries
17th Firefly ‘Ella’ – Florian Krueger and Sarah Altun
18th Firefly ‘Genesis’ – Matthew and Anna Dalton
19th Merlin ‘Shoestring’ – Peter Johnson and Carolyne Vines
20th Merlin ‘Precious’ – John Adams and Phil Abbey
21st Merlin ‘Ragtime’ – Rupert Fletcher and James Berry
Retd Firefly ‘Scallywag’ – Tim and Ed Medcalf, Merlin ‘Pikey’ Peter Impey and Tim G