Photos: Jonathan Key
Competitors for the Centenary Cup Pursuit Race were greeted by lots of sunshine and a blustery southwesterly wind. The course was laid above Stevens Ait which provided a good beat upstream, and a spinnaker run back for those who used them.
Fifteen boats took part. The first to start – a new member Mark Gardner in his Mallard together with three Toppers – Henry Medcalf, Mattie Key and Edward Buss were eventually caught by the fleet with Richard Harris and David Baker in their merlins passing the Laser sailed by Kaan Yargici. The National 18′ sailed by Henry Defries was reeling them in, but not fast enough.
It was great to see the Toppers out, and also the very interesting Mallard who did very well. The Toppers were neck and neck until the end.
Thanks to OOD Charlie Morgan and crew for running the race and Sophie and team for feeding us.
1st Merlin 1079 Passing Cloud Richard Harris and Emma Macdonald
2nd Merlin 1357 Chimp David Baker and Jim Green
3rd Laser 203911 Kan Yargici
4th National 18′ 374 Zephyr Henry Defries and Carolyne Vines
5th Merlin 3333 Saltarello John Adams and Maisie Key
6th Merlin 3479 Ragtime Rupert Fletcher and James Berry
7th Mallard 2 Mark Gardner
8th Merlin 3520 Frogmarch Peter Impey and Suzy Impey
9th Laser Matulin John Edmundson
10th Topper 36323 Henry Medcalf
11th Topper 15138 Matty Key