Tamesis Club

GW Smith Race 6 – update

The weather gods were kind last Thursday for the eight competitors in the 6th race in this year’s GW Smith Trophy.  The grey clouds and rain which had been around for most of the day departed leaving a gentle southeasterly wind, a blue sky scattered with a few light clouds albeit with more storm clouds looming from the west.

The racing was close with all boats completing the three laps.  John and Zoe Adams in their Merlin made a good start but were overtaken by Ken Duffell and Mathew Valentine in Merlin Avenger who won on the water despite a late charge by the Adams.  However James Fox and Rob Blakebrough had been steadily easing their way through the fleet closer to the battling Merlins and it was they who won the race on handicap in front of the two Merlins with Mike and Jennifer Adams in N18 Trojan in fourth.

The foreboding storm clouds just about held off for the race before the sky darkened and the rain fell.

This race saw three more boats qualify for the series, bringing the total to date to seven and make a difference to the overall leader board.  John and Zoe drop back to third and the series is now led by Charles Fox with the Saga winner, Ken Duffell close behind him.

Theoretically they could both be caught by Ros Warwick-Haller in her Laser if she adds another 3 first places in the remaining three races to the one she has already, so there is still much to sail for and to watch.

Thanks to Nicky Johnson for a tasty supper after and interesting race.

John Adams

GW SmithSeries
Race Dates
Class Sail No Boat Name Helmsman Crew 05-July 12-July 19-July 26-July 2-August 9-August 16-August 23-August 30-August Best 4 Position
Merlin 1004 Avenger Ken Duffell Mattie Valentine 2 2 1 2 7
Merlin 723 Cindy Tim Medcalf I Medcalf
Merlin 1212 Fair Kop Barry Mourant Carolyne Vines
Firefly 3179 Fiasco Jim Hamilton 8 7 5 9 29
Firefly 3841 Genesis Matt Dalton Anna Dalton
N18 334 Trojan Mike Adams Jennifer Adams 4
N18 336 Genevieve Charles Fox Robert Blakebrough 1 2 1 1 5
Laser 208410 Grebe Stewart Colley 7 8
Merlin 1605 Omega Rupert Fletcher J Shepard
Merlin 3479 Ragtime Rupert Fletcher J Shepard Suzette Edmunds 11 9 2 8 30
N18 336 Orion Alan Green Garrie Mallen John Storey 9 6 5 4 11 7 22
Merlin 3333 Precious John Adams Carolyne Vines Zoe Adams 7 4 3 1 7 3 11
Firefly 2103 Scallywag Tim Medcalf Ed Medcalf 5 5 4 2 16
Laser 167587 Graham King 8 6 4
Laser 130773 Chris Taggart 6 8 5
Merlin 2895 Johannes Wagner L Wagner
Laser 201014 Dragonfly Ros Warwick-Haller 4 1 5
Laser 85228 That’s Quite Enough Lindsey Martin 10
Laser 188963 Zhik Peter Johnson 3
N18 348 Antedote Chris Pollard Caroline Stilwell 3
Albacore 6813 Cobblers David Baker Jim Green 3 3
Laser 197213 RTM Marcus Chavasse
Merlin 1136 Shoestring Peter Johnson Talluleh Harris 6 6
Merlin 3520 Pikey Peter Impey Tim ? 8 10
Topper 40070 Orange Topper Henry Medcalf 11
Laser 120555 Shytalk Jim Hamilton 6