Six National 18’s were entered for this year’s competition – a good turnout considering the weather forecast, extremely light winds and a flat calm, algae covered course, which made for challenging conditions across the three races. There was plenty of spirited sailing nonetheless, with a close field across the day, even if, at times, it was difficult to keep one’s concentration on the downwind drift!
All honours for the day went to 374 Zephyr ,helmed by Henry Defries, with his crew Carolyne Vines who claimed first place in all three races – 2nd and 3rd places were closely fought for, with 400 Odyssey helmed by Peter Impey and Paul Nebel taking 2nd on the water and 3rd handicapped, and 266 Genevieve helmed by Charles Fox with Robert Blakebrough, 3rd on the water and 2nd handicapped. All in all, an excellent days sailing.
My thanks to our Commodore Chris Pollard for the data collection and calculations, to OOD Peter Johnson Assistant Hugh McLaughlin and Patrol Boat driver Malcolm Warner. Thanks also to Nicky Johnson and the catering team – Jo, Lauren and Josefine for their help and sustenance across the day.
Cover Photo Stewart Colley
Maddison Trophy – first on the water
1st 374 Zephyr Henry Defries and Carolyne Vines
2nd 400 Odyssey Peter Impey and Paul Nebel
3rd 266 Genevieve Charles Fox and Robert Blakebrough
Eighteen Cup – Handicap
1st Zephyr Henry Defries and Carolyne Vines
2nd 266 Genevieve Charles Fox and Robert Blakebrough
3rd 400 Odyssey Peter Impey and Paul Nebel